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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711232415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711232419
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Masses of suggestions for bushcraft, creative and imaginative play, games, woodcraft, conservation, music and more. Having someone's eye out is not included.

(Bookseller)

‘A beautiful and inspiring book, bursting with practical suggestions which will appeal to every child’s imagination. Reading it I wanted to rush out to my nearest wood immediately.’

(Julia Donaldson, Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man)

Packed with photos which bring the projects to life, this is a great book to have at hand to inspire children to get outside and play.

(Parents in Touch)

Refreshingly simple and endlessly entertaining, the stick is the essence of play… It speaks a universal language and it's free! Lively photographs opposite straightforward instructions summon the inspiration for making everything from a sun clock andnest to a slingshot and broomstick. All ages, if you dare.

(ForeWord Reviews)

Fed up with your children's demands for the latest electronic gadgets? Why not give them a stick instead?

(Oxford Times)

Delights in this most universal of playthings… I have been removing sharpened sticks from under beds all half term.

(Daily Telegraph)

A book bursting with the most brilliant ideas - you will never have reluctant country-walkers again.

(Angels & Urchins)

These ideas will help the whole family get more hands-on with nature.

(BBC Wildlife magazine)

A guide to the ultimate free toys for children...Packed with ideas to suit the most adventurous and boisterous youngsters  and those who'd rather take their time creating things to take home.

(Buckinghamshire Life)

This book, which offers over 70 interesting things to make or do with a stick, will open up a world of creativity: from fashioning a plain staff to wild weaving or making stick and paper lanterns. Simplicity and a deep satisfaction go together, as where two sticks and a piece of string achieve the sophisticated job of measuring the earth. There are loads of photographs to add inspiration. 

(The Guardian)

Explores the almost limitless potential for play offered by sticks. It is an attractively packaged book of 70 activities for children in a handy format for stuffing into a rucksack or coat pocket. The book teems with colour photographs and the text is easy to follow.

(BBC Countryfile)

Truly more ideas than you can shake a stick at!

(Oxfordshire Limited)

Will open up a world of creativity: from fashioning a plain staff to wild weaving or making a stick and paper lanterns. Simplicity abd a deep satisfaction go together as when two sticks and a piece of string achieve the sophisticated job of measuring the circumference of the Earth.

(Guardian)

What are you waiting for? Go outdoors, grab a stick, have The Stick Book handy, fire up your imagination and off you go. This is an amazingly different book bursting with ideas, a unique guide to fun and games, grab yourself one now!

(Armadillo)

Musical instruments, dens and bush craft are all within one's grasp, with a stick! (So is poking an eye out so do be careful.)

(Four Shires magazine)

This book offers masses of suggestions for things to do with a stick, in the way of adventures and bush craft, creative and imaginative play, games and more.

(Evolve, Natural History magazine)

A book jam-packed full of ideas of sticky stuff!...a great resource for practitioners.

(Early Years Educator)

This book might just get you out of one of those, 'Mammy I'm bored' situations.

(Woman's Way)

Ideal for entertaining all ages.

(Western Morning News)

This is an excellent addition to the authors' other books on outdoor play.

(Saffia Farr Juno)

A great book to encourage outdoor play and exploration at very little cost!

(Right Start)

When I leafed through the book, I was so enthralled that I immediately planned a den-building party and picnic for my daughter's tenth birthday.

(You Magazine - The Mail on Sunday)

'it is the most practical lessons this book can teach a young outdoors enthusiast (how to build shelters and sun clocks) that make The Stick Book something special'

(TGO The Great Outdoors)

About the Author

FIONA DANKS did a degree in Ecology at Edinburgh University followed by a PGCE in Rural and Environmental Science at Bath College of Higher Education. She currently runs the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, a non-profit making company providing grants for a wide range of community and environmental projects across Oxfordshire. Fiona lives in Watlington in Oxfordshire. 
JO SCHOFIELD gained a degree in psychology from Exeter University and began her career working for an educational psychologist in London. After getting involved in the production of a film, she went on to work in the creative department of a TV advertising agency where she began taking still photographs. This led on to her becoming a commercial photographer in Australia and then London.More recently she has been focusing on writing and photographing for a series of books with co-author Fiona Danks. Jo lives near Watlington in Oxfordshire. 
Through their website www.goingwild.net, Jo and Fiona provide more ideas for outdoor activities and an opportunity for debate on the importance of real world adventures for all young people. Their other titles for Frances Lincoln are Go Wild (9780711229396), Make it Wild (9780711228856), Nature's Playground (9780711224919), and Run Wild! (9780711231726).


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jones 73 on 22 Sep 2012
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As a Forest School leader I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas for bushcraft activities. This book is great as the activities range from the very simple 'one stick' activity for the very young (have done these with 4 yr olds) to the older, more experienced bushcrafter! Also some nice ideas for beach activities which will be suitable for my own children on holiday. Great lay out, photos and easy to follow instructions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By science star on 3 May 2012
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This is a nice collection of simple outdoor actives. The photos are good, too. There are a good range of simple to complex projects and is nice to flick though when looking for inspiration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clairey on 14 July 2012
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I bought this book for my husband as he had requested it on his wishlist. It is a book that we and our son will enjoy very much as the suggestions are conducive to our camping and love of the outdoors!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on 13 July 2012
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A brilliant book. It actually had my 10 year old son outside all day making swords, bows an arrows etc, rather than sitting in front of the computer!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jopsy on 12 May 2012
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I bought this for a friend (Who teaches & has 2 young children)He really liked it(Or so he said) My own daughter saw it & wanted her own. It's a lovely book, great photography, and nice ideas! I will be ordering one for our home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By McGoogly on 20 Jan 2013
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This is such a lovely book. Anyone who camps, or walks, with children should own a copy of this inspirational book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cornish Maid on 17 April 2012
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My grandson was delighted to receive this book as he enjoys working and using his precious penknife. The book also stimulated his interest in camping and outdoor living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Freegrove on 11 Aug 2013
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Brilliant book for the summer holidays or just when looking for something cheap and creative for the kids to do - great book with such a variety of projects - a good mix for boys and girls. Excellent purchase imo
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