Fun Ways to Play with Sticks

There’s a fantastic nature playground near our home, where the only “structures” are those found in nature (think balance beam tree trunks, stepping stones made of rocks, a pebble sandbox, and more). I love the space because here, imagination is king! To wit, today Veronika and I set out to see how many different ways we could play with sticks we found in the area.

First, she designed a little hut for her toy kitty cat. Depending on what your child loves, the tiny house could be for a fairy or a gnome, instead!

Keeping up the whimsical theme, I tied a scarf around one stick and it became a streamer that she could wave through the air.

Or perhaps it was a magical wand in my big fairy’s hand.

The sticks were also great for drumming (on tree stump drums, naturally), leading to an impromptu jam session!

Of course sticks are great for learning, too. Collect a few and then sort them by some attribute, whether length, color, or another feature. We then decided to take a few favorite sticks home, where they were perfect for arts & crafts!

Veronika loved painting directly on the sticks with silver and gold. She decided another should be black with pink spots.

There are so many tried-and-true sticks games that we didn’t even get to today, like drawing in the dirt, forming alphabet letters, stacking sticks into towers, and stirring up some nature soup. As long as you’re careful, sticks can even be used for a quick game of Jedi lightsaber battling.

What’s your child’s favorite way to play with sticks? Please share in the comments!

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