30 Days Wild - Celebrate the Humble Stick
For the month of June The Wildlife Trust are running #30dayswild, a social media campaign to encourage people to try, every day in June, to get outside and do something "wild" with their children. I remember hearing about it halfway through June last year and wishing I'd known about it sooner. So when I saw it advertised again this year I signed us up right away.
Today is day one, and I wasn't sure how the children would react when I informed them this is what we'd be doing all month. Oldest was immediately keen, but Middle looked hesitant, but as soon as I said "there's an app" his interest was piqued. He tapped the button and our first act of wild was generated; "celebrate the humble stick". Luckily just across our road there is a little path lined with trees, the perfect spot for hunting sticks. The app suggested we come up with 100 things to do with a stick, so the kids grabbed a pen and paper to take outside with us. Oldest had 1-50 and Middle had 51-100, and Youngest drew a pretty scribble to take with him.
The kids let their imaginations run wild and the ideas were never ending. They didn't make it to 100 but they sure gave it their best go. (I've put a little list of their ideas at the bottom of this post). They are already asking if we can do something every day and if we can join in again next year. Our 30 days wild is off to a great start, and it's not too late to join in! Why not browse the website for ideas? Or see what the app generates for you? Or maybe these past blog posts will inspire you; 'We're going on a scavenger hunt", "50 free things to do outdoors" and "Strawberries and sunshine".
The ideas are endless. What will your act of wild be today?
Here are a few of their ideas...
2. Poo sticks
3. Throw sticks
5. Walking stick
8. Sword (what can I say? Boys will be boys!)
9. Make words
12. Make a fire
13. An arrow
15. Play fetch with a dog
16. Make a den
18. Break them
21. Stepping sticks (lay them out on the path and only walk on the sticks)
22. Seasaw for teddies
24. Jump the stick
26. Lead a march
28. Put them in the trees
29. Find the tree the stick came from
30. Use for writing
31. Use for painting
32. Make a face
33. Obstacle course
34. Make a tower
35. Make a nest
36. Stir your mud pie
38. Make shapes
39. Splint for teddies legs
40. Make a bug hotel
41. Hide and Seek with the sticks
42. Play who can find the most sticks
43. Who can find the biggest stick
44. Who can find the smallest stick
45. Who can find the thinnest stick
46. Who can find the widest stick
47. Use them to draw in the sand
48. Who can find a curved stick
49. Make a stick man
50. Make a mini tree
51. Put the sticks together to make a picture frame
52. Use it as a bat
53. Jumping stick - Use it to help you jump further
54. Hangman- with sticks for the letter's spaces
55. Make a house out of sticks
Can you think of anymore? Can you come up with 100? I hope you'll join in with 30 Days Wild and see what fun you and your family can get up to this month.
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