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Sticks and Stones: A Kid's Guide to Building and Exploring in the Great Outdoors Flexibound – May 7, 2019
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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
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Research shows that a daily dose of unstructured, outdoor play is essential for the physical and social-emotional health of kids. But the keyword there is unstructured. So let this book inspire play, not dictate it.
This book will introduce your family to thirty outdoor science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) projects that center around the use of sticks and stones.
Each activity includes a description, design challenge, list of materials, and an easy-to-understand explanation of the process. Many of the projects include enrichment activities designed to pique curiosity and inspire kids to develop more creative ideas of their own.
An essential resource for every junior outdoor adventurer:
Section 1: Create and Build with Logs
From remarkable play forts to luxurious bug hotels, there is so much you can create and build with logs! In this section, you’ll engineer a log survival shelter (page 15), play with friends on a log seesaw while learning about simple machines (page 49), and invite birds to a backyard feast by building a rustic log bird feeder (page 36). Get outside, be inspired, and enjoy creating and building with logs.
Section 2: Sticks: The Original Wooden Toy
From helpful tools to fun toys, there is so much to make and do with sticks. In this section, you’ll learn how to make a functional stick fishing pole (page 71), engineer a rustic stick catapult (page 93), and amaze your friends with DIY stick bubble wands and our top-secret monster bubble formula (page 63). So get outdoors and start collecting sticks from your yard, the park, and your neighborhood. Sure, you may look weird hauling bundles of sticks around town, but like Thatcher, you know where the real fun is!
Section 3: Easy Rock Projects
Rocks are all around us, and have been for billions of years! Rocks give geologists (scientists who study the Earth) clues as to what our planet was like in the past. In this section, you’ll engineer a stone bridge (page 139), practice mindfulness while creating land art (page 131), and crush sedimentary rocks to make an ancient earth paint called ochre (page 134). So pull on your creeking shoes, grab a bucket, and then get outside to collect, create, and learn about rocks.
Project 22: Your Design Challenge: Build a dam outside in a creek or shallow stream to stop or change the flow of water
Team up with friends and family to haul large rocks to your desired location, and then line them up straight across the creek.
Fill in the large gaps of the dam foundation with medium-size rocks.
After the large gaps are filled with medium-size rocks, scoop up small pebbles and gravel from the creek bed to fill in smaller gaps.
Building dams in creeks is a classic activity that is loved by kids of all ages.
About the Author
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.
- Publisher : Quarry Books; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2019)
- Language : English
- Flexibound : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0760362564
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760362563
- Reading age : 3 - 9 years, from customers
- Grade level : 3 - 8
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.65 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #424,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is one of those books which has lovely inspiring photos and not so much in the way of clear or step by step instructions hence it makes for a good reference book. Some of the ideas you might want to look up on the internet to clarify how to do them if you struggle with the limited instructions and can't tell from the pictures, how to do them.