The last couple of weeks in our world have been filled with nature play dates (which has made me one happy camper). One of the most popular guests at each of these dates has been the stick.
Sticks are one of nature’s best toys. They’re free, can be found just about anywhere in all sorts of shapes and sizes and offer up plenty of inspiration for outdoor play.
How it works: Set your child free outdoors to gather up some sticks. Where your little one takes it from there is up to the imagination.
Why it’s so fun: One of my favorite bloggers, Bethe at The Grass Stain Guru, is a huge fan of the stick. One of her recent posts reminded me that a stick can be whatever your child wants it to be – a sword, magic wand, firewood, part of a fort or anything else your little one can dream up.
Variations on a theme: Sticks are different depending on the location. That’s what makes discovering them so enticing. You can compare what you find at one place (say, your backyard) with another you find at the beach, park or on a hike.
Older kids may enjoy taking stick play to the next level by building a real fort. Alison at Loving Nature’s Garden wrote a great post about building a shelter that's worth checking out.
What did you love to do with sticks when you were a kid?