Author(s): DANKS, FIONA
The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure and it provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw material for transformation into almost anything! As New York's Strong National Museum of Play pointd out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, 'It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight's sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band ...' In this book Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield offer masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, woodcraft and conservation, music and more.
"This handy volume would be especially well-received by children who have access to a large swath of the outdoors, or those going on a camping trip. For future Henry David Thoreaus and Rachel Carsons, this book will open up new worlds outdoors." --"Publishers Weekly"
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 worked in environmental education for a number of years, first for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and then for the Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, organizing training for teachers and taking groups of children out to nature reserves and other wild sites. She then went on to write books about the Chiltern Hills and the Cotswold Hills while working part-time running activities in a pre-school nursery. 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. 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. For more information on how to encourage children to go outdoors, visit Fiona and Jo's website click here 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. She worked mainly for national editorial magazines such as Country Living. When her children were small she worked in Watlington Primary School and the Dragon school in Oxford, applying her creative knowledge to the classroom with children aged 6-9 years. 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. For more information on how to encourage children to go outdoors, visit Jo and Fiona's website click here
Discovering sticks 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 Magic sticks 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 Creative sticks 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 Stick games Throw a stick for a dog Play pick-up sticks Make a flying machine Play capture the flag Play quoits Play Aunt Sally Invent your own stick games Do the stick tower challenge Play tracking with sticks Play the woodland mapping game Sunny sticks Navigate with a stick and the sun Make a sun clock Measure the radius of the earth Musical sticks Make percussion sticks Make stick rattles Bushcraft busking with a can guitar Watery sticks 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 Stick stuff Index Acknowledgments