Sticks and Stones…

…make really good toys!

There’s been a bout of conjunctivitis going round Tom’s nursery and, when I picked him up last Thursday, it was clear he had succumbed to it. Which meant he couldn’t go to nursery on Friday. Working from home with a toddler, especially one who is not really sick, is a far different thing from working at home with a baby who can’t yet reach your keyboard. Clearly, if I was to get anything done some of Ton’s energy needed to be run off first.

We’ve been working on building him a mud kitchen for the garden, so it seemed like a perfect time to gather up some natural materials to go in it. So off we headed, with an old plastic bag in tow, to gather up some stones from our local patch of woodland.

Tom though this was a great game, once I’d explained what we were doing. Although he was rather too keen to empty everything back out of the bag at various intervals throughout our walk.


Once we had collected a fair number, we headed home to try out their potential.

They were put into boxes and emptied out. Dipped into plant pots and awkwardly stacked on top of each other. Thrown onto the paving stones to make a clunk and banged against tables. In short, stones are awesome.


So awesome that Tom kept bringing me his shoes and coat at various points throughout the weekend so we could go back out to play with them again.

Hurray for stones! (And sticks which have provided many a diversion when out on walks)


8 thoughts on “Sticks and Stones…

  1. Oh poor boy, hope it’s cleared now? Stones and sticks are really awesome, perfect for lots of banging and sorting. Your mud kitchen will be fantastic, I’m trying to convince my husband that we should use the pallets we have to build one too. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x


    1. All gone now…but replaced with a cold and oral thrush! We arent doing so well. Def go for it with the mud kitchen though. Tom loves our not particularly wonderful attempt and your boys are older so would get even more out of it!


  2. Evie has had conjunctivitus recently too. It’s such a bugger isn’t it! We had eye drops for hers because it wasn’t going away. Trying to put eye drops in a toddler is so horrible 😦 My heart broke every time. I hope he’s better now. I really want to make a mud kitchen, it’s such a brilliant idea. It’s funny how they’re all obsessed with sticks and stones isn’t it? We can’t go anywhere without Evie making a walking stick/finding a stick man or collecting stones. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with #whatevertheweather xx


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