What would camping be without sticks? The possibilities of uses of sticks in the classroom is endless. In the past we have wrapped wool around them and painted with them. Today we used them to make a campfire picture. During our mat session we talked about how you can tell stories around the camp fire. We tried out our scariest voices for a really spooky tale. We also discussed the main parts of a good story; the beginning which includes characters and setting, the middle which usually involves a conflict (problem) and the ending which usually includes a resolution of the conflict. We called upon their knowledge of The Three Little Pigs and asked them to identify the characters, setting, conflict and resolution. The children then dictated their own scary stories as I scribed them. Some children didn’t want to tell a scary story so we let them tell any story they liked.
To make our campfires we started by colouring an A4 page with crayon in shades of orange, yellow and red. We then tore the paper into little squares and used an excessive amount of glue to glue the sticks onto the page along with our torn paper.
We had quite a few sticks left over so we also wrote our names using the sticks. We decided it was probably easier if we wrote our name in pencil first and then stuck the sticks over the top.
We had been on a nature hunt on the school oval to find our sticks the previous day. We collected some sticks, leaves, feathers, nuts, grass and rocks. We placed some Contact paper (sticky covering paper) upside down on the table and placed the things we had collected next to it. Once the Contact paper was full we made a “nature sandwich” and put another piece of Contact over the top to seal it all in. They look great hanging on our wall.