It seems like the last year has been all about dress up, make believe and princesses. My daughter especially loves “magic” wands. A few weeks ago she was yelling a spell to make me disappear at the top of her lungs, with her eyes closed… I tiptoed out of the room and couldn’t keep from laughing when she opened her eyes and thought she had actually made me disappear!
With the idea for a wand in mind, we spent a few hours hunting through the back yard for fallen sticks, leaves, flowers, pine cones and anything else that caught her fancy. My daughter ran around with a basket collecting items, but sometimes make an eye spy game of it. I’ll describe what I want her to find and she’ll go hunting for it and bring it back to me.
From there you’ll need: Yarn, Ribbon and Scissors
Our favorite kind of sticks are the Y’s. A sturdy stick with a “v” open that will allow you to create a bit of a nest to add fun items. Tie a piece of yarn to the bottom of the stick. We like thick yarn, but anything will work. Depending on how much you have on hand wrap the yarn around the stick. You can completely cover it or leave gaps as you see fit. When you get to the “v” wrap the yarn tight enough to hold found items. This is a great place to weave in ribbon and leaves.
This is a fun backyard or destination project and it’s always fun to see how the seasons change the look of the wands.