When planning for #30DaysWild and worrying about rainy days I took a couple of trips to two libraries ahead of the start of the month.
On my second trip I was rewarded with finding a copy of The Stick Book: loads of things you can make or do with a stick by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks.
I’ve spotted this once or twice on visits to National Trust property shops and have been very tempted so was glad to have a chance to borrow it.
Luke is very partial to collecting sticks and the pushchair has often found itself adorned with ones that absolutely must be brought home with us – a decorative use I could add to the book’s 70 projects.
He would certainly understand the feeling behind the book’s introduction:
“Let’s go on an adventure. All you have to do is run outside and find a stick. Choose it with care and it can be anything you want it to be: a sword with which to fight off fierce dragons in the forest, a tracking stick to help you creep after secretive creatures, a wand to cast magic spells or a broomstick to transport you to other worlds.
“The stick is perhaps the best-loved toy of all time, the starting point for endless adventures for generations of children all over the world. Sticks are easy to find, natural and, best of all, totally free. So, if you haven’t got your own special stick, what are you waiting for?”
Projects featured include building a den, making a stick sword, a wand, a wriggly snake and a picture frame, drawing in mud and sand and wild weaving.
There’s certainly enough ideas to keep everyone going through #30DaysWild!