One of LP and Little Man’s favourite books is The Stick Man. It’s one they can near enough recite and that we read often. Each time we go out on an adventure the children look for a stick man, often just finding a stick and being left disappointed that it was far too sticky and just not man enough!
But on our latest adventure Little Man found a stick that was still very sticky but was very man like too. A perfect stick man of a stick. Little Man had never been so excited over a stick. He put him in the pushchair, took him on the slide and even shared his ice cream with him.
I have never known children to get so excited over a stick but when I saw Little Man’s real life stick man I couldn’t help but understand. It was so much more to him than a stick – it had stick arms, stick legs and even a stick nose on that pointy sticky head. He was like a person in stick form and just like every other friend that Little Man has made – cuddly toys, TV characters and those that fill the pages of books – the stick man was real to Little Man, so real that we even brought him home with us.
I love how children can get so into a fictional world, that the lines between reality and fiction can often blur and that their imaginations can know no bounds. Little Man has read the stick man book, seen the TV adaptation and now has his very own stick man in the garden too. I just hope he doesn’t come home next week with a Gruffalo!