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How to make a magical tracking stick to look for the wild things in your garden

There’s something magical in your backyard. Do you know what it is? Could it be fairies? Could it be magical unicorns? Could it be the wild things? No one knows for sure, but with this magical tracking stick, you may be able to find out. We are sharing this activity from the Wild Things book with you today, so you can go in search of fairy creatures easily next time you are out and about.

Today we’re sharing how to make a magical tracking stick so that you can easily get outdoors and have some fun tracking magical creatures that live among us. #nature #forestschool #kidsactivities #magic #fairies #fairyactivity

As you know, KiddyCharts enjoys featuring printables that help expand a child’s imagination. Today we’re sharing how to make a magical tracking stick so that you can easily get outdoors and have some fun tracking magical creatures that live among us.

This activity is taken from Wild Things, the new book from Lonely Planet Kids, the children’s imprint of the world’s leading travel authority. With over 100 magical outdoor activities, Wild Things will unleash young imaginations and help kids unlock the magical power of nature as they discover fantastical creatures of the natural world in forests, meadows, ponds, school playgrounds, and back gardens. Visit Lonely Planet Kids to find out more.

The best way for anyone to find those magical creatives called the Wild Things is to look for clues that they left behind. This magical tracking stick will help you find those little clues that all Wild Things leave behind.

All you need to make this magical tracking stick is our free printable below, plus a magic stick, an elastic band, a pen knife, a tape measurer, and a permanent marker. Gathering all of these items together and following the instructions to make a magical stick will be your first step towards finding those magical creatures in your backyard.

This tutorial to make a magical tracking stick may need a grownup to supervise as there is use of the knife during the creation of the magical tracking stick.

Otherwise, this is a completely kid-friendly way to get outdoors and enjoy finding the clues that wild things leave all over our backyard, school playgrounds and other areas that we often overlook. Discovering magical creatures in our backyard is such an exciting way to encourage kids creativity and imagination for years to come. Remember those who are able to keep their creativity and imagination intact end up going big places in their adult life.

If you’re ready to make your own magical tracking stick, click the image below to download the tutorial and everything you need to start tracking wild things today.

Today we’re sharing how to make a magical tracking stick so that you can easily get outdoors and have some fun tracking magical creatures that live among us. #nature #forestschool #kidsactivities #magic #fairies #fairyactivity

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Katherine Rose Rivera

Sunday 12th of May 2019

What a cool activity for kids. I think they will enjoy doing this every summer vacation.

Riana Shahid

Thursday 9th of May 2019

This would be such a great activity for kids! I don't have any children, but I'll pass it on to the parents I know.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial..! It was so creative, kids will really enjoy doing this.

David Elliott

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

These crafts all look and sound like such a lot of fun. I know my daughter would have loved them when she was younger. She always loved doing these kinds of interactive crafts.

Lisa Rios

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Looks like such a fun activity for younger kids! I would love to do it with my little sister.

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