The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick

The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do with a Stick

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By (author) Fiona Danks, By (author) Jo Schofield

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 198mm x 6mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0711232415
  • ISBN 13: 9780711232419
  • Illustrations note: 100 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 29,472

Product description

'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: * Build a den * Make a bow and arrows * Make a sun-clock * Play capture the flag * And many, many more 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.

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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).

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'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' TGO The Great Outdoors 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. You Magazine - The Mail on Sunday A great book to encourage outdoor play and exploration at very little cost! Right Start This is an excellent addition to the authors' other books on outdoor play. -- Saffia Farr Juno Ideal for entertaining all ages. Western Morning News This book might just get you out of one of those, 'Mammy I'm bored' situations. Woman's Way 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.) Four Shires magazine 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. Evolve, Natural History magazine A book jam-packed full of ideas of sticky stuff!...a great resource for practitioners. Early Years Educator 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. BBC Countryfile Truly more ideas than you can shake a stick at! Oxfordshire Limited 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. Guardian 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! Armadillo Fed up with your children's demands for the latest electronic gadgets? Why not give them a stick instead? Oxford Times Delights in this most universal of playthings... I have been removing sharpened sticks from under beds all half term. Daily Telegraph A book bursting with the most brilliant ideas - you will never have reluctant country-walkers again. Angels & Urchins These ideas will help the whole family get more hands-on with nature. BBC Wildlife magazine 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. Buckinghamshire Life 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. The Guardian

Table of contents

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