National Trust #50things Project – Pooh Sticks

This morning we took Ben and Chloe to learn to play Pooh Sticks as part of our contribution to a video promoting the National Trust project called “50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4”.  I love the idea of this check-list encouraging children to get outdoors and do different things and I’m hoping to work through quite a chunk of the #50things project list with Ben and Chloe (I’m pleased to say they’ve already done quite a few of the things suggested already!)

We explained to Ben this morning that we were going to go and play “Pooh Sticks” and he immediately related it to the Julia Donaldson story “Stick Man”  which confused me initially but Daddy reminded me that a little girl uses the Stick Man to play Pooh sticks in the story!

I had a low bridge in mind that we had visited earlier in the week so off we went, collecting sticks along the way.  I was really disappointed when we got there to find a couple of people fishing right below the bridge – obviously it would be pretty inconsiderate of us to go round chucking sticks in near them so we decided to carry on with our walk.  This meant Ben could show Daddy his favourite tree:

Climbing trees - #50things project

After a spot of tree climbing and throwing sticks for Thomas we set off back to the bridge, I can’t say I was feeling hopeful that the fishermen would have gone and was trying to think of somewhere else we would be able to play . . . As luck would have it they had moved on and we were able to play.

Ben thought it was great fun (especially because he won!) but Chloe was less impressed at the fact she couldn’t actually have her stick back!
So that’s another tick on the list of #50things to do before you’re 11 3/4.  Will have to check the list again and make plans for our next adventure!


  1. Emmysmummy
    August 26, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Emmy loves this game – although cheats as ALL sticks are hers lol x

    • August 26, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Genius! The first time we played Chlo won but only cos she chucked her stick before she was meant to 😉
      I can imagine Ben will want to play on every bridge we come to now! X

  2. August 26, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    What a fab idea. Just been looking at the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. My monkeys would love to get involved! I remember playing poo sticks when I was little!

    • August 26, 2013 / 8:42 pm

      The list is a fab idea isn't it Jo 🙂 I'm definitely going to be look at ticking some more things off that list soon.

  3. August 26, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    I love your video, it just shows how much fun children can have playing such a simple game, and outdoors! x

    • August 26, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Who needs games consoles!!! 😀

  4. August 26, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Love your video, the happiness and fun shine through. Thank you for getting involved and it looks like you can tick off climb a tree too

    • August 26, 2013 / 9:10 pm

      Ha yes that was one of my other choices for the video as I knew he'd been up that tree with his childminder before 🙂
      Thanks for letting us take part x

  5. August 26, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    Brilliant video, Chlo looked so sweet in her hat and Ben smart in his Gruffalo boots.
    I love the idea of the list, so after posting will pop over to the link to learn more, it might help us be a bit more focused in things we do x

    • August 26, 2013 / 10:39 pm

      He does love those boots! Will be gutted when he outgrows them!

  6. katefever
    August 27, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    I love this video. Just shows what fun you can have out in the fresh air, without the need for expensive toys and games.

  7. August 27, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    ah we love pooh sticks and stickman!!
    my boys enjoy playig this a lot – i have to find so many sticks though as they always want to carry on playing again and again x x

  8. Elena
    August 29, 2013 / 4:21 am

    Love the childhood post! I am your newest follower on Twitter!

    • August 29, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks for following! X

  9. September 1, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Pooh sticks do bring back my childhood.

  10. September 29, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Aww bless poor Chloe. Fantastic video – something I need to do is Pooh sticks.

  11. March 28, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Love playing pooh sticks with my kids when out walking the dogs! There’s so much to do in the fresh air, much better than being stuck indoors!

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