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Discover a treasure trove of exciting outdoor building, engineering, and artistic ideas for children in Sticks and Stones. This comprehensive guide features tools, toys, and games kids can create right outside their door.
Kids will love building cabins, tipis, 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 a 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:
Sticks and Stones
- 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
was named to the longlist for the 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
in the Hands-On Science Book category. The prize honors outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. This book is an essential resource
for every junior outdoor adventurer
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.