Pick up sticks
Find an area with sticks on the ground, or prepare in advance by collecting sticks and spreading them out in your outside space. Some children may explore the sticks by themselves, but for those that don’t give them one to explore. After the children have had a little time with them, start repeating the phrase “pick up sticks” and move them into one pile. Once the pile is complete, engage with the sticks in other ways such as:
● Make music by banging them together, on trees, rocks, earth, etc.
● Stick them in the mud!
● Pile sticks up.
● Line them up in rows or end-to-end in a long line and see if your wee one follows suit.
● Make squares and jump in and out of them
Source – adapted from Tinkergarten