The emergency exit to outdoor learning...
Australian author Gwynneth Beasley writes beautiful children's book about her own childrens' experiences in nature and sticks feature quite prominetly in her work. I have all of her books and highly recommend them. I think you would really enjoy them too!http://www.amazon.com/Zeke-Wooden-Wands-Gwynneth-Beasley/dp/1451534205/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3Donna :) :)
We will most definitely be playing pick up sticks sometime soon. Thanks for all the great ideas!
The pickup sticks is a great idea - we have the small version which my eldest son (5 y.o.) loves. The other common activity with sticks here lately seems to be poking them in the ground to make fence-like structures.
I seem to spend my life navigating the sticks by the front door collected by three year old on walks. Ones longer than his for arm are not allowed in the house. Excitidly this morning announced "Im so glad it is windy" when asked why replied "more sticks will be blown down for me to collect the streets were running out" Sticks are such a wonderful resource simply for sensory properties, length and hight vocab, and creatively through building structures or used for imaginative purposes e.g. walking stick, sword, fishing rod, ore... With supportive adults and carful chats about safety they are essential childhood resource
We teach at a Montessori school in Greensboro, and are very lucky to have a small forest that we play in regularly. Sticks are everywhere, and have become shelters, flagpoles, walking sticks, bridges, shovels, writing utensils, hearths for "houses," drumsticks, cars, planes, items to paint, spoons for stirring "stew," counting sticks, and a lot of things the kids will remind me about on Monday. Have fun, and we are so happy you have put sticks back in their lives!
Fun!! We love to play with chalk on drizzly days : )
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