Journey Sticks

journey stick

Walking and sticks are a perfect combination.  Our walk with friends last weekend had all three boys starting the walk with a large stick.  One of these had a forked end and on his own initiative one of the boys wound a long piece of grass around this stick and started adding items to it.

 

journey stick

journey stick

By the end of the walk the sticks contained lots of wildflowers, a feather, piece of flint, piece of chalk and an empty snail shell.  I loved the way everything happened spontaneously.  The boys were kept busy making me free to take photos of the beautiful wildflowers.

WildFlowers

It was a wonderful day for a walk and the children needed no encouragement to run around and keep moving.  If they had this would have been a brilliant way to keep interest going.  As it was the journey sticks made the walk more interesting for everyone. Every stick tells a story and I hope that the boys will remember the walk that day as the walk where they created their own journey sticks.

hod hill

We are linking up this post with Countrykids at Coombemill and with the Outdoor Play Party.

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14 Responses to Journey Sticks

  1. Coombemill August 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Oh my we have just done and blogged the exact same thing but called them fairy wands instead of journey sticks. I rather like your idea and adding to them along the journey.

    • Lynda August 2, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      So you have – great minds. They are fun aren’t they. I also think of them as memory sticks.

  2. lindsey kettle August 2, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    What a lovely idea. Clever boys! I also love your wildflower photos. Great post! #country kids.

    • Lynda August 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you. Have been meaning to try this for ages. Even better that the children thought about it themselves.

  3. Karen August 2, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    A brilliant idea! My daughter is always picking up sticks when we go out so she would love this!
    #CountryKids

    • Lynda August 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Thank you The boys found some tough grass they could use as string, however I know this also works well with some pre-prepared rubber bands.

  4. vicki-elliebearbabi August 2, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Oh wow how gorgeous is that stick. Such a fab idea. I think Mini & I will have to try this for our next walk #countrykids

    • Lynda August 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      Thank you. We were lucky that our walk had a profusion of flowers and flowering weeds. We will certainly be repeating this.

  5. Kierna August 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    This looks like such a lovely activity, thanks for joining in the OPP.

  6. Becky Cowley August 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    What a brilliant idea and a lovely stick!

  7. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) August 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    My mother-in-law gave my son a walking stick that was once belongs to my husband. It is old and yet amazing! I think it would look more of my son now if we do these designs in your post too =) #countrykids

  8. Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud August 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Oooh, I love journey sticks at the moment. I have used them quite a bit at work. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party :-)

  9. Angelia August 15, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Lovely!!

  10. Gude @HodgePodgeCraft August 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    What a lovely idea!
    Thanks for sharing at the Mumsnet linky.