13 Things to Do With a Stick

by Deb on June 10, 2010

Usually I get to Wednesday night and I have a list of 10 or 11 things, at which point I throw it open to my husband for suggestions.  But this week he was away and I’m making a conscious effort to not interfere with my girls and encourage their own creativity, so I handed it over to them instead.  So here is their afternoon playing, and 13 Things to Do With a Stick. This post is part of We Play at Childhood 101.

If you’re wondering how this counts as a science activity, it fits in the Natural and Processed Materials and Working Scientifically areas.  They have taken a natural material, the stick, and investigated its properties (long, thin, strong, stiff) to see what they can use it for.

  1. walking stick

    Walking stick

  2. fighting stick

    Fighting – I don’t know where this one came from and I’m a bit uncomfortable with it, but it was something she came up with when I asked her.

  3. Moving things

    Moving things – she wheeled her bike around without touching it.

  4. Drinking


  5. Icecream


  6. Bird tempting

    Bird tempting – these are our new budgies, she desperately wants one to sit on her finger.

  7. Tapping

    Tapping – This just started as walking, but they realised all the sticks make different sounds and had to try them all out.

  8. Balancing


  9. Drawing

    Drawing in the sandpit.

  10. Flicking

    Which quickly became flicking sand at the fence to listen to the sound.

  11. Campfire

    Campfire, for when you are pretending to camp.

  12. Digging


  13. Trees

    Trees – Aren’t they gorgeous? Planted, leaves, flowers and water.

So how many things do you think you could do with a stick?

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Journeywoman June 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Great list.

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Brenda June 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Ha! What a great exercise in creativity! Happy TT!
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Heather June 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Aw, love their planted trees. What creative girls you have!


Adelle Laudan June 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Precious moments. Thanks for sharing. Happy T13!


Marita June 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

We love sticks. When the big fig tree near our driveway was cut down I managed to keep a few of the branches for the girls to build with. It was lots of fun seeing where their ideas led.


Deb June 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I really struggle to step back and let them lead, I feel like I need to entertain or stimulate them constantly even though I know that’s actually bad. So when I make myself I need to celebrate it! I remember havinga ball with sticks as a child, and the big girl specifically asked to collect the small stick the other day, so it was a perfect opportunity to let them go for it.


Norma June 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

How creative. I love it. Gorgeous photos too. Wouldn’t worry about using the stick for fighting, Mom. That’s instinct, and hopefully they’ll never have to use it, but since attackers come in all sizes and in all places, some day they may need to swing an umbrella at a large dog, or a flashlight at a mugger.
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Deb June 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Good point, in fact better than you know. The camp dogs where we live are very nasty, some areas you have to walk with a big stick or handful of stones.


Harriet June 11, 2010 at 12:02 am

Loved the adorable stick models 🙂

Have a great Thursday!
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jehara June 11, 2010 at 1:12 am

cute pictures! great idea for a TT. 🙂


Lindsey June 11, 2010 at 2:59 am

I love things that makes kids use their imagination, like a stick. Great post!
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CountryDew June 11, 2010 at 3:15 am

I enjoyed this. The only other use I could come up with was poking out an eye, which I certainly would not want to happen!

When I was about their age I used a stick to spank a tree and scared out a snake!
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Shelley Munro June 11, 2010 at 5:54 am

What a great topic and something fun for the kids to do, too. It could be a musical instrument since it makes different sounds when hitting different things.
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Jia June 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

further proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune on toys to allow your kids to have fun!
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Roxane June 13, 2010 at 2:19 am

I am so so glad you came over and commented on my blog, because I have just found someone else to stalk. I never know what kind of nifty things to do with my kids, so your blog is going in my Google Reader and my blogroll.


And your girls are adorable!
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Zoe @ Playing by the book June 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

What a super activity and there’s the perfect book to go with it: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/Not-Stick-Antoinette-Portis/?isbn=9780007254828
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joyce:waddleeahchaa.com June 17, 2010 at 6:57 am

How creative. Turn it over to the children, they are way more creative then we are.
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Christie - Childhood 101 June 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm

This type of experience, where the child thinks of as many interpretations of one object as possible, is fantastic as a brain training activity. Love the ideas your girls came up with, they are so very clever.
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