Fun things to do with a humble stick

It’s arguably the best toy known to man. No, we’re not talking about the latest gadget. We’re talking about sticks.

Girl and parents playing in the mud pie kitchen in the gardens at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

No.13 make a mud pie 

The great thing about mud is that you can find it anywhere, and some National Trust places have huge quantities of it just waiting to be made into pies.

Three children  on the wooden footbridge at Low Wray Campsite, Cumbria

No.19 play pooh sticks 

More exciting than horse racing, more civilised than football, pooh sticks is the perfect game for a summer's afternoon by the river.

A family toasting marshmallows over an open camp fire at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire.

Cook on a camp fire 

Toast a marshmallow or fry your breakfast over a camp fire at one of our regular camping events.

A teenage boy and girl paddling in the river at Wasdale, Cumbria

Dam a stream 

What could be better on a hot day than getting into the river and trying to dam it? Give it a go at one of our special places.

First, collect your sticks...

No.4 build a den 

Build a den out of sticks on a flat spot in the woods, cover it with leaves, and you've got a pirate hideout or a meeting place for spies. There are loads of National Trust places with perfect spots for den building.

A girl with a stick in her hand beside the lake at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

No.12 make a trail with sticks 

Use sticks to make a trail, and then get others to follow it to the end. Can they do it?