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Colorful Hiking Stick

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Awesome and bright, this colorful hiking stick is the perfect craft for spring days when there’s slippery mud outside. It adds fun to your outdoor adventures, and kids will love the excitement of playing and balancing with their new prop.
Awesome and bright, this colorful hiking stick is the perfect craft for spring days when there’s slippery mud outside. It adds fun to your outdoor adventures, and kids will love the excitement of playing and balancing with their new prop.
What You’ll Need
  • Paint in your favorite colors

  • Paintbrush

  • Sturdy stick (find one that’s a little shorter than your shoulder)

  • Skein of yarn

  • Nontoxic water-base sealant (optional)

What You'll Do
  1. Paint your walking stick in your favorite colors.

  2. Secure one end of the yarn on the top of your stick. Wrap the yarn around the stick until the top 6 inches are covered.

  3. Optional: Waterproof your stick by covering it with a nontoxic water-base sealant. 

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: As your child paints the stick, talk about the colors she’s using. If she layers one color over another, point out any new colors that she makes, such as green from layering blue and yellow. Or if she’s putting the colors on in a pattern, talk about the repetition.   

Older kids: Turn the next outdoor hike into a scavenger hunt. Make a list of things for your child to look for, and try to focus on seeing, not taking (better for the environment, better for your clean house).

 

Money is a touchy topic for many American families. How likely are you to discuss a job loss or serious financial setback with or in front of your children? Choose one answer.

Parents Talk Back
Money is a touchy topic for many American families. How likely are you to discuss a job loss or serious financial setback with or in front of your children? Choose one answer.
I would not discuss a serious financial setback/job loss with my children. I wouldn’t want them to worry.
26% (11 votes)
I would consider discussing a financial setback/job loss with my children—they'd probably find out anyway.
33% (14 votes)
I would have no problem discussing a financial setback/job loss with my children.
40% (17 votes)
Total votes: 42