Make a journey stick (easy read activity)

Journey sticks are a tactile way of recording a journey and remembering it later on. You can personalise your stick with special decorations, and add to it each time you go on a walk. Or, you could have a new stick for each journey you go on. Once you’ve finished you can use your stick as a prop to help you tell stories about your journey and ask your family and friends to do the same.

What you will need:

  • A stick
  • Paint (optional)
  • String
  • Glue or tape
  • PVA glue and water (optional)
  • A green space to walk through

How to make your journey stick:

  1. Use paints to decorate and personalise a stick of your choice.
  2. Once dry, coat with a mix of PVA glue and water to seal the paint.
  3. Go on a walk, and take your stick with you.
  4. Find natural items such as leaves, feathers, small stones and seeds, and attach them to the stick using glue, tape and/or string. You could collect the items and attach them once you’re home if this is easier. Remember to only collect fallen items.
  5. Extend the activity by using your stick to share your story. You could add drawings and even write your story down.
  6. Add a performance and speaking and listening opportunity, by asking each family member to perform their stories.
  7. This activity is available in easy read format in the downloadable pdf below.


Share photos of your journey sticks using #DiscoverLearnPlay

This activity was developed as part of the Cumbernauld Living Landscape project.


Time to complete

15 mins - 1 hour

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (Art and Design)

Sciences (Ecology; Natural History; planet Earth topic)

Health and Wellbeing

Languages (Literacy and English – listening and talking)

Social Studies (People, place and environment)



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