We love making people and animals out of sticks, fircones, pebbles – things that we find outside – here are a few of our most recent ones. These are really quick and fun to do, and are great for helping young children develop confidence with their drawing skills and their imagination too. When looking at our sticks and fir cones, T quite quickly got an idea for different animals, and by adding on googly eyes, legs, arms, hair etc, transformed them into little creatures.
We have accumulated quite a collection of sticks of different shapes and sizes in our garden over the last year. Every time we go for a walk, we return with at least one stick that Ted has found, an important, interesting stick that must be saved. On the days that T and I walk to preschool with one of his closest friends, after dropping him off at preschool I can usually be seen returning home carefully carrying back a stick for T. Yesterday one of the sticks was sitting in our car, next to me in the passenger seat – seemed just like it was looking at me. There was a little hole where an eye might have been, a shape for a nose and an ear. It reminded us of Stick Man from the book by Julia Donaldson, which we love reading. Ted is now on the search for even more sticks so we can make a whole stick family to go with his stick man – watch out for more posts of stick people.
Ted made the Fircone hedgehog and Stickman below, and I made the Firconce hedgehog and the fish , which T rightly said look like puffer fish.