Last week I put my big girl undies on and let my kids have a fabulous time playing with sticks outside. I learnt a lot from the experience of letting go and allowing my kids to take reasonable risks and it seems lots of you feel the same way (thanks for all the lovely comments).
While we were ‘up the back’ playing last week I had a crazy idea that adding sticks to our block constructions might be fun too. So we collected a big basket of sticks, branches and small logs to bring back to the house.
We made a quick stop at the shed where the kids watched me saw up some of the logs, branches and sticks into more manageable pieces. We could have skipped this step for the sticks but I thought having the ends flat rather than pointy might be better, and hey… I just really like to saw things on the band saw!
After I was done sawing I popped the basket full of ‘stick blocks’ on top of our slow combustion wood fire for a few days to dry out a bit and then they were ready to be played with.
We managed to collect a huge variety of sizes and shapes of wood and sticks so building with them was lots of fun! We even found some thick curved pieces of bark that are very cool!
I didn’t bother trying to saw the bottoms off flat and even, so it was often a bit of a challenge getting them to balance or stand the way we wanted to, which made it even more fun!
Our stick blocks have been add to lots of different construction toys as well as being enjoyed on their own. Morgan and I discovered that they help make awesome wizard’s castles!
Joining with It’s Play Time at Let the Children Play this week!
What have you been playing with lately?