Picking Up Sticks {The Ordinary Moments}

There is one thing that all children love – picking up sticks. From the moment LP and Little Man learnt to walk they would toddle around and pick up sticks constantly. Even now they will pick up sticks as we walk along and save them in the basket of the pushchair, or hold onto them for dear life.

Those sticks aren’t just sticks to the children. They’re a magic wand, a sword, a tennis racket or anything else their imagination decides the stick will be that day and Little Man has started collecting sticks, so that he will always have a choice of imaginary objects to use, whatever happens.

Little Man can spend hours going in search of a stick, bringing it back to us and then going in search of another one, repeating this process until he has a pile of sticks that he straightens up and looks after, adding to it continuously until it’s time to go home.

LP and Little Man are collectors. They love an adventure but they love to have something to show for it at the end, something to take home to remind them of that day, that outing or even the walk home. We have shells in Little Man’s room that we’ve collected, stones in the back garden, pine cones everywhere and now there are sticks too.

I love the children’s imaginations. I love their collections and I really love the fact that they want to remember the days that we have had – even though there will be many, many more times to pick up sticks.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. My two love to collect things too. Picking up sticks is a great pasttime for us too. lol 🙂 And what an adventure you can have just picking up some sticks too. lol It’s always great to have a vivid imagination as a kid. I don’t think enough kids do anymore. Lovely #ordinarymoments

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