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Expressing Ourselves: Not a Stick

One of the favourite stories of the children is "Not a Stick" by Antoinette Portis.  In this story, a stick becomes more than a stick through the character's imagination and play.  Inspired by the story, we went to the forest to find our own "not a stick." Looking for sticks excited the children and brought their creativity to life.  Their imagination transformed the ordinary stick into musical instruments, a walking stick, a  hammer, paintbrushes, and a pen to name just a few.  Showing the many uses of a "not a stick", the children expressed their talents for making the ordinary into extraordinary.
Walking sticks, a pen and microphone.

Keira suggested using a stick for a paintbrush so we tried it out!


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