‘A beautiful and inspiring book, bursting with practical suggestions which will appeal to every child’s imagination. Reading it, I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately!’ Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo
The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure. It provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw materials for transformation into almost anything!
In this book, Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative imagination and play, games, woodcraft and conservation, music and more. With activities like:
Jo and Fiona share a passionate commitment to introducing children to experiences that allow them to enjoy outdoor adventures, explore their limits, take measured risks and learn new skills. They are the also the authors of The Wild Weather Book: Loads of the Things to Do in Rain, Wind and Snow, Go Wild! and Make it Wild.
FIONA DANKS did a degree in Ecology at Edinburgh University followed by a PGCE in Rural and Environmental Science at Bath College of Higher Education. She currently runs the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, a non-profit making company providing grants for a wide range of community and environmental projects across Oxfordshire. Fiona lives in Watlington in Oxfordshire.
JO SCHOFIELD gained a degree in psychology from Exeter University and began her career working for an educational psychologist in London. After getting involved in the production of a film, she went on to work in the creative department of a TV advertising agency where she began taking still photographs. This led on to her becoming a commercial photographer in Australia and then London.More recently she has been focusing on writing and photographing for a series of books with co-author Fiona Danks. Jo lives near Watlington in Oxfordshire.
Through their website www.goingwild.net, Jo and Fiona provide more ideas for outdoor activities and an opportunity for debate on the importance of real world adventures for all young people. Their other titles for Frances Lincoln are Go Wild (9780711229396), Make it Wild (9780711228856), Nature's Playground (9780711224919), and Run Wild! (9780711231726).
Adventure and bushcraft sticks
Make a fire
Cook over a fire
Build a den
Make a DIY tent
Make a staff
Make a stick sword
Make a catapult
Make an ancient spear-thrower and a spear
Make a bow and arrows
Make a pea-shooter
Make a star wand
Make a wizard's wand
Make scavenging sticks
Make a witch's broomstick
Make a wiggly snake
Make shadow pictures
Make stick characters
Make stick and clay animals
Make a fairy house or an elf castle
Make miniature worlds for toy people and animals
Make hobby animals
Make woodland monsters
Make woodland magic carpets
Make a flying creature
Make fairy and fish sticks
Make wild storyboards
Draw in mud and sand
Make charcoal pencils
Make a paintbrush
Make a picture frame
Make a woody crown
Make a necklace
Create stick art for a woodland gallery
Choose a stirring stick
Make a nest
Make a dream-catcher
Make a loom for wild weaving
Weave a wild basket
Make stick and paper lanterns
Make natural mobiles and wind chimes
Make a wreath
Decorate a seasonal stick tree with stick stars
Throw a stick for a dog
Play pick-up sticks
Make a flying machine
Play capture the flag
Play Aunt Sally
Invent your own stick games
Do the stick tower challenge
Play tracking with sticks
Play the woodland mapping game
Navigate with a stick and the sun
Make a sun clock
Measure the radius of the earth
Make percussion sticks
Make stick rattles
Bushcraft busking with a can guitar
Play Pooh sticks
Mini raft challenge
Make a pond-dipping net
Make a fishing rod
Measure the depth of a stream
Woodcraft and conservation
Make your own walking/tracking stick
Make a stretcher
Make a mouse trap
Plant a tree
Make a habitat pile
Make a creepy-crawly hotel
Make a bird feeder
This book, which offers over 70 interesting things to make or do with a stick, will open up a world of creativity: from fashioning a plain staff to wild weaving or making stick and paper lanterns. Simplicity and a deep satisfaction go together, as where two sticks and a piece of string achieve the sophisticated job of measuring the earth. There are loads of photographs to add inspiration.
These ideas will help the whole family get more hands-on with nature.
A guide to the ultimate free toys for children...Packed with ideas to suit the most adventurous and boisterous youngsters and those who'd rather take their time creating things to take home.
A book bursting with the most brilliant ideas - you will never have reluctant country-walkers again.
Delights in this most universal of playthings… I have been removing sharpened sticks from under beds all half term.
Fed up with your children's demands for the latest electronic gadgets? Why not give them a stick instead?
What are you waiting for? Go outdoors, grab a stick, have The Stick Book handy, fire up your imagination and off you go. This is an amazingly different book bursting with ideas, a unique guide to fun and games, grab yourself one now!
Truly more ideas than you can shake a stick at!
Will open up a world of creativity: from fashioning a plain staff to wild weaving or making a stick and paper lanterns. Simplicity abd a deep satisfaction go together as when two sticks and a piece of string achieve the sophisticated job of measuring the circumference of the Earth.
Explores the almost limitless potential for play offered by sticks. It is an attractively packaged book of 70 activities for children in a handy format for stuffing into a rucksack or coat pocket. The book teems with colour photographs and the text is easy to follow.
A book jam-packed full of ideas of sticky stuff!...a great resource for practitioners.
Ideal for entertaining all ages.
This book might just get you out of one of those, 'Mammy I'm bored' situations.
Musical instruments, dens and bush craft are all within one's grasp, with a stick! (So is poking an eye out so do be careful.)
This book offers masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bush craft, creative and imaginative play, games and more.
This is an excellent addition to the authors' other books on outdoor play.
A great book to encourage outdoor play and exploration at very little cost!
When I leafed through the book, I was so enthralled that I immediately planned a den-building party and picnic for my daughter's tenth birthday.
'it is the most practical lessons this book can teach a young outdoors enthusiast (how to build shelters and sun clocks) that make The Stick Book something special'