Sticks and Stones: A Kid's Guide to Building and Exploring in the Great Outdoors (Paperback)
Kids will love building cabins, bridges, dams rock gardens, and more. They’ll discover that creating art is more fun outdoors as they learn to make making stone pendants, ochre paint, and weaving. A variety of large and small-scale activities boost engineering, creative, and problem-solving skills, all while promoting fun. With simple tools and materials a branch becomes a fishing pole, and logs turn into a simple seesaw.
Opportunities and materials for productive play exist everywhere in nature. Author Melissa Lennig (of the blog Fireflies and Mud Pies) introduces today’s screen-overloaded kids to a world of exploring and adventure. Whether camping in the woods or hanging out in the back yard, children will marvel at the wonderful, useful tools and playthings they can create with natural objects. They’ll also learn about STEAM principles, campfire chemistry, why building with blocks is so powerful, and how mindfulness techniques can reduce stress.
The book also includes:
- Ideas for taking activities further, with fun variations and ideas
- Safety tips for kids and adults
- Design challenges that can be done solo or in groups
- Step-by-step instructions and helpful photos
Melissa Lennig is an accomplished family lifestyle blogger and photographer. She holds degrees in Elementary Education, English, and Counselor Education, and shares her passions for crafts, nature, family, and food on her blog Fireflies and Mud Pies. Her work has been featured in magazines and on hundreds of websites, including Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Today, and Newsday.