Magic woodland wands
Create a magical experience by gathering natural materials for a wand and spell – so simple but works so well!
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: art & creating
This activity is simple but works so well and can be extended in many ways, especially with storytelling, folklore, seasons and celebrations and types of wood.
It can also be great for developing emotional literacy by thinking about the things we would wish for.
Each child chooses a stick from the woodland floor, about the length of their arm.
Wind double-sided tape around one end of the stick.
The child then collects magical things (natural items) and sticks them on their wand.
Each special thing adds to the magic.
The child invents a magic word or rhyme that is unique to them.
Spells are created by saying the magic word or rhyme with the wand in contact with the earth.
Take it further
Ruth, who donated this activity, says
“Some year 2’s and I made wands and took these photos… A great way to celebrate the season, note the wild garlic! We talked about the properties of the trees the sticks came from and the magic that tree could give us. The children all wanted oak to make them strong!”