Regular readers will know that we are Forestry Commission Bloggers and we make regular visits to the place we like to consider ‘our forest’, the Wyre Forest. We visited over the Christmas school holidays to try out the Stick Man Trail and some of the Forest Fairy Tales activities. We went earlier in the year and did the Forest Fairy Trail, but this time we did our own thing using the children’s activity sheets that the Forestry Commission provide.
First up was making a bow and arrow for an elf. This is really simple. You need to find a bendy stick that is about the right size for your elf (H in this case obviously) and then carve a notch about a centimetre or so in at each end. This provides a nice groove to tie your string into it. Don’t worry though if you don’t have a pen knife, you can still make a pretty good bow and arrow without the notches especially if the stick has a few lumps and bumps to hold the string in place. Make sure you tie your string so that your bow is curved and there is a bit of tension to allow you to fire your bow. An arrow is any lightweight, straight stick. For better results create a straight groove where the arrow will be touching the string of the bow.
Looks for some smaller twigs, seeds, nuts and leaves to create some fairy houses or fairy furniture. Some carefully chosen items can be transformed into a whole new world. There are plenty of other ideas on our last Forest Fairy Tales post.
Next up we decided to make a broomstick. H loved this and it was quite easy to do. He was so excited by it, he would not stay still so that I could get a good picture, hence this blurred shot. You just need a good strong stick and then handfuls of smaller, thinner sticks for the broom section with string to tie them onto the stick. A great one for Harry Potter fans.