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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 They ll discover that creating art is 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 Piesintroduces today s screen overloaded kids to aworld 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 Ideas for taking activities further, with fun variations and ideasSafety tips for kids and adultsDesign challenges that can be done solo or in groupsStep by step instructions and helpful photos Sticks and Stoneswas named to the longlist for theAAAS Subaru SBF 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 This is such a great book in this day and age of electronic fun, it is so refreshing to find a book that celebrates the outdoors I ordered this book as soon as I saw it, and my kids have been asking to go to the park every day since There are fun activities through this whole book, many that kids can do on their own The pictures are amazing, and step by step instructions make it so easy I have already ordered as birthday gifts for my nieces and nephews This is another good little reference book although it would benefit from concise instructions For example, one of the knot tying pages could have been broken down in to step by step instructions with step by step pictures for people who are less confident with knots It is one of those books which has lovely inspiring photos and not so much in the way of clear or step by step instructions hence it makes for a good reference book Some of the ideas you might want to look up on the internet to clarify how to do them if you struggle with the limited instructions and can t tell from the pictures, how to do them. The projects in the book are very doable and usually don t require much other than the sticks and stones themselves The pictures really sparked my son s interest, and we ve had some great times making things from the book Really useful source of ideas for outdoor play, creativity and mindfulness. Great book for outdoor activities to do with children of all primary ages