At Holt Hall, we love finding things to do with sticks in our Ancient woodland. We cook on them, build with them, make trails with them and make environmental art with them. One of our favourite stories is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Here are some ideas for younger children to do at home or outdoors if you can go for a walk or have some outdoor space.
- Snuggle up somewhere cosy and share the story.
- Make a stick person or stick family. You could use twigs, leaves and other natural materials or you could use lolly sticks, pencils, paper, wool . . . bread sticks . . . whatever you can find. You could use your stick people as puppets to retell the story. Send us some pictures of the stick family adventures!
- Try floating some sticks. In the story, Stick Man floats down the river. Find some sticks or twigs and put them in a bowl of water. Which ones float? Try floating other things you find like a leaf, a flower, a stone? You could find some indoor things to float if you don’t have any outdoor space.
- Make the stick family home. You could make a mini den outside with more sticks or find a hollow in a tree trunk or make them a little tent or den with whatever you can find. Or use an empty box and junk materials to make a little home for them.
- Sort your sticks by size, colour or feel. Play wishing sticks, snap, or other stick games.