This is such a lovely craft. The whole process of collecting sticks right through to the design element at the end made it more than just a simple painting craft. It felt a little bit like Harry Potter when the wands choose their owner! (Yes I’m a Harry Potter geek, please don’t hold it against me!)
We went for a lovely long nature walk with the task in mind to find the perfect stick for our wand craft. It was amazing how ‘picky’ they became about the criteria for their chosen wand. They both knew as soon as they’d found the perfect stick and set about casting spells through the woods to make sure that they worked properly.
Those of you who know me well know that I love a craft that uses recycled items or things from nature. We spend so much time oin this world buying and consuming so many ‘things’ that being able to give something another life feels heartwarming and so much more satisfying.
I love getting out in nature, especially during autumn. It’s not too hot and not too cold, its full of colour and hope at the change of season and this was the perfect excuse to head back out into the woods for a little more quiet family time. Please never take things that are growing though guys. Only use fallen, broken sticks.
As far as crafts go, this is right up there with the simplest of them, however, it is also right up there with one of the messiest. I have one word for you guys, Glitter. Need I say any more? If anyone knows of any way to let your kids play with glitter and not end up looking like a sparkly Barbie for the next 2 weeks then please drop me a line! The glitter isnt necessary for those of you who have an aversion to it but I feel it adds a little magic to the craft.
What you will need:
- Find your ‘chosen’ wand.
- Design what wand you would like. This is a great add-on to encourage the kids to design what they would like most and not just throw themselves into the paint and glitter.
- Mix your poster paints with your pva glue. 50/50 mixture.
- Paint your wands.
- Before they dry sprinkle on your glitter. (Optional, but super magical!)
We hope you enjoy this craft as much as we did. We’d love to see how your wands turn out. Tag us in on your social media photos and share your favourite crafting stories with us too. It’s great to inspire one another.
As with all of the crafts we share with you, we ask you to make sure that they are age appropriate for your little ones. Never leave them alone with items they can choke on or use sharp or unsafe objects during play. Stay safe little Journey Jellies.
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