We began with the story of Stick Man. This set the scene for choosing our own stick from the pile I'd brought along. Each person (including Fred the Ted) had to find the letter that matched their name and attach this to their stick. Each one has a hole drilled in it at the top - they came like this from Cosy - an education resource company (tel: 01332 987005)
To get across the message about holding sticks carefully, we came up with the chant "Sticks are down. Down with sticks." This seemed to make a difference as the children enjoyed tapping out the rhythm as we walked along.
When we came to a stopping point identified by one child, it was time to try and make each letter using sticks. I did have a stash in my bag owing to time pressures, but gathering sticks would work better as the activity would have more relevance to each child and give them an opportunity to explore their environment. However, this is a bigger challenge for another day.
This was a challenging activity for all the children. The idea of making letters from sticks was novel and new. With support they managed this activity.
Back inside, we followed up this activity by making the same letters but using lolly sticks instead. The twigs we did gather were used as decoration and the display left on the table. This was to allow children to make crayon rubbings later on that day if they wanted to.