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The Stick Book : Loads of things you can make or do with a stick

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`A beautiful and inspiring book, bursting with practical suggestions which will appeal to every child's imagination. I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately!' Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Did you know that there are loads of things you can do with a stick? Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure. In fact, you can transform a stick into almost anything! This activity-packed book provides you with 70 suggestions for things to do with a stick including bushcraft adventures, creative play, woodcraft and conservation, music and more. From building a den to making a magic wand, from a game of 'capture the flag' to creating a sun clock, the possibilities are endless. All you need to get started is ... a stick! Over 100,000 copies sold of Fiona and Jo's Going Wild series
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 140 x 198 x 6mm | 300g
  • Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 colour photographs
  • 0711232415
  • 9780711232419
  • 87,826

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Fed up with your children's demands for the latest electronic gadgets? Why not give them a stick instead?Delights in this most universal of playthings... I have been removing sharpened sticks from under beds all half term.A book bursting with the most brilliant ideas - you will never have reluctant country-walkers again.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.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. 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.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.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!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.A book jam-packed full of ideas of sticky stuff!...a great resource for practitioners.This book might just get you out of one of those, 'Mammy I'm bored' situations.Ideal for entertaining all ages.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' 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. 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'
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About Fiona Danks

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 hereJo 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
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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
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