I first heard of these during a Storytelling Workshop at Miss A’s Preschool and we’ve been making them ever since.
You simply attach any items you find on your day out, to the stick, and then use them to either remember your day or to make up a story.
They are great fun to create and look so different from Season to Season.
All you need is:
- a fairly chunky stick
- some string, hairbands, elastic bands or a packet of Loom Bands (if your house is anything like mine, you’ll have plenty of these still lying around!)
- anything you find on your walk.
First begin by finding your stick. It can be any length, but, ideally fairly chunky, as it’s easier to secure your findings on a chunky as opposed to a thin or flimsy stick.
If you’re using elastic, hair or loom bands, put these onto your stick first. It is much easier to push your findings into the bands, than to secure them with each find. This also encourages children to fill their bands.
String can be wrapped around and tied to each find, as you go along.
Then, begin looking. Flowers, leaves, twigs, feathers, flowers, bark, stones, their empty ice lolly wrapper… anything the child finds of interest to them.
Don’t forget to discuss their findings, as they attach them to the stick; their colour, texture, shape, smell. All this adds to your child’s vocabulary and you may even hear some of these repeated, when they talk about them later.
As their sticks begin to fill, they look incredible, and a story begins to form….
Our 5 year old will use them as a magic wand and talk of how a fairy found the items on her travels.
Our 8 year old loves to keep them as a reminder of her day, pressing the flowers and putting them into a scrapbook or diary.
The girls are still so excited to make them, even though we’ve made them many times before, as there’s always a different story to be told.