Something sticky

Close your eyes and memorise the feeling and shape of a stick. Can you identify your stick from a collection?

Fill a bag with enough sticks for everyone in your group to have their own.

You need a variety of sticks – try to find ones of different lengths, thicknesses, textures, and shapes.

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  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Location: Indoors or outdoors
  • Cost: Free
  • Suitable for: Groups
  • You will need: Bag of interesting sticks

How to run this activity

Get stuck in

  1. Everyone should sit in a circle and close their eyes.

Anyone who doesn’t want to close their eyes could sit facing out of the circle and put their hands behind their back. If you’ve got a large group, you might want to split into a few circles.

  1. The person leading the activity should pass the bag full of sticks around the circle.
  2. As each person gets the bag, they should take out one stick.
  3. Everyone should try to feel their stick (without opening their eyes) so they can really get to know its shape, length, and texture. What makes their stick unique?

People could also smell the stick or rub it against the floor and listen to the sound it makes.

  1. The person leading the activity should pass the bag back around the circle. Everyone should put their stick back into the bag.
  2. When all the sticks are back in the bag, everyone should open their eyes. The person leading the activity should tip the sticks out of the bag into the middle of the circle.
  3. Everyone should take it in turns to describe their stick and pick it up from the pile in the centre.
  4. Everyone should work together to make sure everyone gets their stick back.


It’s easy to label lots of different things under the same category, for example, sticks, trees or flowers. But nature is so varied that even a basic twig is unique. Ask everyone to describe some of the differences between the sticks. Was anyone surprised by just how varied sticks can be?

Activity outcomes

Value the outdoors - enjoy being outside, feel comfortable in nature, and feel connected to the natural environment.

Be happier - be cheerful, have fun, and love your life.

Safety guidance

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk.

Everyone must wash their hands after the activity has finished. Wear gloves if needed. Explain how to safely use equipment and set clear boundaries so everyone knows what’s allowed.

Level up

Change the level of the challenge - if one person describes their stick, can the rest of group find it in the pile?

Take it further

Try this activity again with different natural items, such as leaves or flowers.

Access guidance

Ensure the area that is being used is suitable for all your access needs.

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