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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. Reading it, I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately!'
Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo

Who doesn't love a stick? The universal toy for children and adults alike, sticks can provide endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, creative play, woodcraft and conservation.

Packed with 70 ideas and projects, The Stick Book will give you loads of ideas for using the wonderful, free and all-natural toy: the stick. As The National Museum of Play (New York) pointed 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 ...' A stick can be anything you want it to be. This book will give you loads of inventive ideas for spending quality time outdoors with your children - from the adventurous to the magical, getting creative to playing games, making music to building bug hotels. Try your hands at:



Making a DIY tent or den
Creating a woodland monster or magic carpet
Wild weaving or making your own natural wind chimes
Playing capture the flag or a woodland mapping game
Making a bird feeder or bug hotel

With 70 ideas and projects, there will be something for every little adventurer, dreamer or budding ecologist in The Stick Book. All you need to get started is ... a stick!
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 140 x 200 x 9.65mm | 267.62g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 colour photographs
  • 0711232415
  • 9780711232419
  • 75,324

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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Review quote

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 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
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