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Muddy Faces


More advanced stick activities including whittling and using tools.



Some good ideas for some stick activities for older children.

What you'll need

  • sticks!

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    Environmental Considerations

    Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

    • collecting natural materials
    • use dead wood

    Health & Safety Considerations

    Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
    Some considerations particular to this activity include:

    • discuss keeping sticks away from faces
    • if you are carrying a big stick keep one end in your hand/arm and the other down on the ground
    • or if you are carrying a big stick ask a friend to hold the other end – both ways avoid hitting someone else
    • tool use if whittling

    Campfire sticks

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    Freshly baked bread smells even better on a campfire! Here’s a quick unleavened (non yeast) recipe to try.

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    Make a campfire cooking fork

    Make a campfire cooking fork -simple to make and perfect for cooking little tasty treats like pieces of apple!

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    Campfire play set - make your own

    Using loose parts to create a set up for campfire cooking, ideal for any mud kitchen or den area.

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    Campfire star

    A super simple campfire craft activity.

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    Fires: creating & maintaining

    A guide and top tips for creating and maintaining a fire. For some, the art of fire lighting can be tricky; these basic rules will help make each fire successful.

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    Whittling & Tools

    Drilling a pole

    How to make a simple hole in a pole - useful for all sorts of projects.

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    Make a broomstick

    A simple way to make a useful broom & with a bit of imagination you might be able to fly it!

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    Whittle your own hazel knife

    Carve a wooden knife in a few minutes!

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    Simple split stick animal

    An activity showing you how to whittle yourself a woodland creature, with help from author Richard Irvine

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    Elder whistle

    A whittling activity using elder to create your very own whistle!

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    Elder Beads

    A simple and very satisfying way of making your own elder beads using simple tools.

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    Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

    Key Features

    • Age Range All Ages
    • Duration Less than an hour
    • Location Anywhere
    • Season Any
    • Categories: Inspirations


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