Journey sticks keep a record of your adventure.
Creating journey sticks is a fun way to engage the kids while out and about during the weekend or on their holidays.
Journey sticks were originally used by Australian aboriginals to recount their travels by collecting interesting items as reminders along the way. They would collect objects along their journey and tie them to a stick in chronological order. Upon return to their people, they would be able to tell stories of their travels.
Creating a journey stick will help you observe and emphasise your child’s individual view of their journey being recorded. There is no right or wrong way for them to create their sticks! The activity can be completed en route or once you get home.
Depending on how you choose to complete this activity, be it at home or while you’re out you will need:
- To plan a day out or walking activity
- Notepad & Pen
Suggest the kids be on the lookout for things using their senses; touch, sound, sight and smell. Remeber always to leave nature be and collect only the stuff you find on the floor! (No ladybirds strapped to sticks please kids!)
Our Journey sticks
We chose to explore Biddulph Grange in Cheshire once again as the gardens lead you on a journey of global adventure throughout each different zone.
We gathered our finds and brought them home purely because both of my kids have the attention span of a flea.
Our first item came from the Japanese garden, and if we were aboriginal I am sure we would have known the name of the tree, but we aren’t, and we don’t!
There were lots of wood pigeons hanging about therefore an abundance of feathers! We didn’t take a notepad and pen to write down the name of the trees which is a shame as we couldn’t even read some of them never mind remember their name!
The nature walk had some exciting activities and obstacles for the kids to have a go at along the way. I am kind of impressed we managed to attach the pinecone!
The finished article, it’s rather pretty. I quite like it.
Making our journey sticks has been a fun activity. A sort of two for one as we got a fab day out and then something to do the next day as we chatted about our adventure.
Definitely, give this activity a go next time you’re out and about it’s fun and free!
Be sure to check out The National Trusts 50 things to do before 11 & 3/4 for more awesome and inspiring activities.