Sticks can make many parents panic at the mere sight of them! I on the other hand see them as a great tool for fun play but do appreciate that you have to teach your tots rules about playing with sticks: do not wave in your or anyone's face, do not hurt anyone (including poking them), do not damage / break anything and ideally do not run with sticks (this is easier said than done!).
Sticks can be:
.... bridges for toys
.... houses for toys
.... flag poles: make a flag together to fly proudly
.... islands: make squares big enough to jump into all over your lawn and avoid the shark infested water!
.... rafts: Apryl Duncan on About.com offers a great guide to make these
.... writing tool: in your sandpit or dirt, practise writing numbers and letters
.... fishing rod: visit the rock pools with your handmade rod
.... twig monsters: Catherine Spencer posted on Yahoo! some fabulous creations that you can make with your children
.... twig tower: Woodland Trust's worksheet shows you how to make great towers, which would help your youngsters with their motor skills
.... bird house: Making Friends have posted a brilliant tutorial
.... Dream catcher: what a lovely idea to make with your children. Enchanted Learning have posted instructions that are simple to follow
.... stick men: I love Red Ted Art's
.... twig trivet: a little early for Christmas but kids will love making these for gifts (TLC)
.... Fairy house: Feathered Nest Studio's fairy house is soooo cute!
.... twig stars: again for Christmas! Go Explore Nature feature a really cute star
.... twig fairy: Activity Village have created some great fairies to make with your children
.... dragonflies: I love these beauties from Twig and Toadstool
Please send in your ideas, as the more to make, the better!