The Stick Box
Sticks are possibly the most versatile play resource that nature ever invented. These ideas do not even begin to cover the possibilities…
Find a small forked twig that is just the right size for you and a friend to grasp with your pinkies (little fingers). On the count of three start tugging until the twig snaps. Whoever gets the biggest piece of the twig gets to make a wish.
Tie a piece of string or twine to a short fat stick. This is now your dog to look after. Woof! Take him to a dog show…
Find a stick to drop over one side of a bridge. Go to the other side of the bridge and wait for it to appear. If you and a friend both do this, which stick appears first? Is it possible for both to arrive at the same time? Can you fix the results of this activity?
Draw a face on a flat stick. Put double-sided sticky tape on the back. Attach a leaf of your choice to make the hair and introduce yourself.
Find a twig. Break it into 3 pieces and give it to a friend to put back together. Try the same with a leaf. Stick the pieces on a piece of paper. Create a funky mosaic or just enjoy exploding the leaves.
Pick up Sticks
Everyone find a stick and put it into a pile in the middle of the circle. Take turns to remove a stick without disturbing any of the others. If you do, you keep the stick. If you don’t, the next person has a go.
Build a tower of sticks. Use only sticks lying on the ground. See how tall you can make the tower and estimate how many sticks you used. Then remove one stick at a time until it falls down. Remember to count as you go along.
Use sticks to make your name or at least the first letter. What is the minimum number of sticks you can use? Add flowers and other objects to jazz up your stick name.
Use elastic bands to attach sticks to each other. Hang in interesting ways and places.
What can you do with the ends of a stick to make them more useful, interesting or exciting…? Now there’s a challenge 🙂