Sticks provide endless opportunities for fun! Here are some simple ideas to invite open-ended play with sticks.
Draw with sticks dipped in mud or water, or use sticks to carve into dirt or mud
Paint sticks in different colours and patterns
Find a good sized stick to make a walking stick and decorate it
Make a tic tac toe board with sticks
Make a stick collection and order it from largest to smallest
Make magic wands using paint or wrapping sticks with coloured thread
Weave sticks and/or plant stems together
Collect sticks for practical purposes like bonfires
Build fairy homes with sticks
Go for a walk to collect as many sticks as you can
Create small structures or small bridges with sticks
Use sticks to bang on different types of materials - pots and pans, trees, and containers that are empty or containers that are filled with water all make different sounds and feel different to hit with a stick
Peel the bark off of old sticks
Use sticks to stir potions, stews, and nature soup.
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan and offered by the University of Regina, there is a Cree language learning resource available under "Schools and play."