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:
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.