Recently I met a child hurrying home, eyes shining, clutching a newly created stick creature. It swept me back to my own childhood memories of happy, sun-dappled hours in the woods creating menageries of wild beasts from nature’s odd and ends.
After our teacher showed us how to make stick animals, my friends and I became hunters discovering creatures everywhere. Our teacher trimmed our sticks and made holes for us to poke in ears and antlers. We drew scary eyes with a felt tip.
Sticks, fir cones and acorns along with some imagination can give creativity free rein. Such play gives children great satisfaction and confidence as they don’t have to worry about a ‘correct’ method or outcome. Search any bit of woods or even a bush in the garden and see what wild things you find lurking there!