Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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If you are a fan of The Gruffalo then you are going to love Stick Man too.

Stick Man lives in a tree with his family and one day whilst going for his morning run he has an adventure that will take him far far away.

All he wants is to go back home but every time he tries he seems to be taken further and further afield.

Fortunately he bumps into the one man who can help him. He helps this man get unstuck from the chimney and then in return his new friend takes him home to his family just in time for Christmas.

Beautifully illustrated and easily read by young children.

Alice received this book in her Christmas Eve parcel and read it before she went to bed, the rhyme was enjoyable to read and the story was simple to follow. It has quickly become a favourite and we have often talked about other adventures that Stick Man could have experienced and adventures we would like to try.

Stick Man activities

There are hundreds of ideas to take the reading one step further, Pooh sticks for example or making your own Stick Man. Head over to Red Ted Art for some excellent Stick Man crafts

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Take part in a Stick Man event around the country

Until the end of January 2014 the following parks are holding special Stick Man trails for everyone to take part in. Click over to the Forestry Commission for activity sheets to print off and more details

When taking part in the Stick Man trails, children will walk through the forest looking for clues to help them find a variety of forest activities. At each trail location, a panel will tell the children what their next activity will be. Such as –

  • 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

Parks taking part are

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Haldon Forest Park, Devon

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

Delamere Forest Park, Cheshire

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire

Birches Valley, Cannock, Staffordshire

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria

Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset

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Fairy Tale themed attractions

If you are lovers of fairly tales then the information below may be of interest, lots of ideas to spark young imagination.

Dalby Forest, Yorkshire

Enchanted Wood – The Enchanted Wood is a magical adventure play area with a fort, storytelling seats and carved insects hiding in the trees. 

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Clockwork Trees – Wind the magical keys in the forest and turn reality into a musical story. 

Hideouts – Hide out in two miniature houses on the Ridding Wood Trail. It is said the forest monsters live in one house and the witch from Hansel and Gretel in the other! Can you spy them there? Sculptures by Paul Dodgson and children from Sandgate and Sandside Schools.

Grizedale Tran – The dark, still waters of Grizedale Tarn, could be home to the Frog Prince or maybe you’ll find him at one of the others dotted across the forest like Juniper Tarn or the secretive Goosey Foot! 

Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria

Fairy Kingdom – Explore the Fairy Kingdom on the Wild Play Trail. Discover the troll bridge, wooden toadstools, the great wizard, magical fairy doors, a secret path and hidden carvings!

Kielder Forest and Water Park, Northumberland

‘Robin’s Hut and Freya’s Hut’ shelters on Lakeside Way – These two huts are linked by the story of Freya and Robin, a tale of the two characters who live at opposite sides of the lake.

Silvis Capitus – Go inside the giant Forest Head that watches and listens to the nuances of the forest.

Chopwell Wood, Durham

Sculptures – Venture along the easy access trail in Chopwell Wood in search of 10 carved wooden sculptures. Look out for the Woodland Spirit, forest Guardians, giant hands and more.

Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire

Mushroom Village – Explore the giant mushrooms, move the sand around in buckets, build sandcastles and play on the slide.

Robin Hood’s Hideout – Journey deeper into the forest and discover Robin Hood’s hideout. Test your nerve and your climbing and balancing skills on this huge climbing frame complete with tree houses.

Fineshade Woods, Northants

Magical Play – Explore the magical oak leaf play area and hide in the witches hut. Then venture deeper into the woods to rule your kingdom from above.

Alice Holt, Surrey

Magical Play Area – Explore the giant’s play area and sit in the giant’s chair to tell a tale, or have fun hopping along the wooden mushrooms and climbing the giant owl and look-out tower.

Alice Holt’s Ditches and Hollows – Look out for ditches, hollows and logs, all of which could be home to tiny fairies, pixies, goblins and all kinds of magical creatures.

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire

The Dark Dell – Find the Dark Dell a little off beaten track in the old arboretum at Westonbirt. Step through the wooden door frame to discover a little clearing of Yew trees. Explore this enchanting little woodland and make up your own tale.

Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

Fairies Hot Spots – Veteran oak trees with their nooks and crannies are perfect hiding spots for fairies and pixies, and Savernake Forest is filled with them! Can you see faces, eyes or gnarled noses in their trunks?

Rendlesham, Suffolk

UFO Trail – Hunt for extraterrestrial beings on the UFO trail, explore the tree glade, or spin a magical tale in the play area. Use your imagination to spot water sprites by the pond.

Thames Chase, Essex

Mystical Sculptures and enchanting meadows – Take a trip to this lovely community woodland to discover mystical sculptures and create an enchanting fairy dance in the beautiful wildflower meadow.

Bellever Forest, Devon

Fairy Tale Feature Fun – Explore Bellever Forest with fairy tales and magic in mind. Have a feast fit for a king on Bellever Tor, discover ancient burial cairns or look for signs of mystical creatures in the East Dart River.

Great Wood, Somerset

Great Wood Tree Glades – Use your imagination to turn pretty tree glades into fairy hideouts! Can you find a spot to build a fairy den? Collects twigs and moss to make the perfect water-tight shelter.

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  1. January 12, 2014 / 9:49 AM

    We love Stick Man here, and went on the Birches Valley trail – lots of fun!

  2. January 12, 2014 / 4:28 PM

    Ooh we love that book range – don’t have Stick Man but I think we will invest! xx

  3. January 12, 2014 / 7:26 PM

    Sick Man is one of our absolute favourites! Thank you so much for joining in with #kidsbookaweek

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