Forestry Commission England has teamed up with popular children’s character Stick Man to create a special adventure trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest this winter to encourage children and families to get out into the forest.
The trail, which opens on 23 November, will take families on an adventure around the Pinetum, where children will be able to hunt for clues, write poems, build dens, draw pictures and create their own Stick Man character to take home.
This is one of thirteen trails across the country that the Forestry Commission has partnered with the major children’s character. The trails are part of a wider Forest Fairy Tales theme to engage a whole generation of youngsters in imaginative outdoor play, and reverse perceptions many parents have about their child’s interest in the world of make-believe.
Inspired by the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler character, the trail is designed to help children find out more about forests and the importance of wood and trees to their daily lives.
* Building a den
* Exploring tree patterns
* Spotting beautiful budding trees
* Listening to the sounds of the forest
* Building a stick tower
* Creating a Stick Man
* Trying to name everyday objects that are made from trees
* Drawing a picture of the forest
* Thinking of other uses for sticks
* Writing a story about a family day out
The Stick Man event runs from 23rd November 2013 to 30th January 2014.
Text copyright © Julia Donaldson, 2008. Illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2008. Reproduced with the permission of Alison Green Books An imprint of Scholastic Ltd.