Creative play for children doesn’t require expensive toys. In fact, the Toy Hall of Fame recently announced one of the new winners…the stick. One of the most perfect, naturally available (where you have trees or shrubs) versatile tool/toy.
Cliff White, our art director, mentioned this bit of news to several of us at a meeting the other day. We were all suddenly coming with ways we (as kids) used sticks: as weapons, in building forts/shelters, as art….
Given the economy, getting back to the basics is probably a good and necessary idea. However, I’m not sure that a stick as a gift is going to thrill a child—but getting them outside to explore, find and claim their own preferred stick would be the fun of it. Free outdoor play, exploration and imagination go hand in hand.
So don’t be a stick in the mud. Get out with your child so they can claim their own award-winning toy!