I read about the Forestry Commission running various Stick Man trails over on the lovely Mammasaurus’ blog and was delighted to find that there was one near us. We love Stick Man here, so last weekend we wrapped up warm and headed out for some fun, not only on the trail, but also with a special added bonus…
We went to Birches Valley, Cannock Chase, around half an hour away from us, and a truly beautiful place. I can’t help but feel happy whenever I’m there – do you have places that do that to you?
We found the start of the trail, and our instructions – to collect twigs ready to make a Stick Man with the pipe cleaners provided (sadly, they weren’t any, but we had some at home, so all was not lost!)
Around the trail were plenty of Stick Man check points, where we were asked to look for or do certain things. Boo loved finding all of the signs, so this was a fun game in itself, and then looked at each one eagerly to see what she had to do..
Things like close your eyes, cup your ears, and listen to the trees
Make a stick den (this was already made, we just played in it!)
And they always love exploring the little fairy den and house they have there..
And strolling and clambering about..
A ‘Congratulations’ marked the end of our Stick Man adventure, and we made our very own Stick Man when we got home..
And the special bonus? Santa’s grotto…
Both children were filled with wonder around the grotto, which was filled with trees and just smelled like Christmas. And then Boo was enthralled meeting Santa, while Little Man clung to Daddy’s legs! They each received a tree sapling for planting (all potted up now) and a little cuddly reindeer. Popular gifts here, and Little Man is particularly in love with his new toy 🙂
It was a truly magical day out, and we all returned home tired and happy.