I have to rave about a fabulous book about sticks. It's called "The Stick Book. Loads of things you can make or do with a stick" and it contains great ideas.
We based a 6 year old's children's party around it recently and the kids loved it. Armed with only cashews, water and a packet of modelling clay, we set off for the local forest. We started by creating a sort of obstacle course, conveniently using fallen down trees, bushes and other equipment provided by the forest fairies. Then we started collecting branches and constructed a makeshift fort in which to have our snacks.
With satisfied tummies, the children (and adults) set to creating some forest people, using sticks and bits of clay to form protuberances like noses, ears and chins, and then 'planting' them in a magnificent oak tree as a gift to nature.
There were other things we could have done in the same vein but I find that often adults try too hard with parties and that the KISS (keep it simple) principle is often best.
We have since been back to the same oak tree to visit the forest people we made, and what a delight it is to see them, peeping out of the tree in a gesture of welcome.
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