Sensorial: Haida Sticks

In Native American culture, Haida sticks are thin playing sticks that were often decorated with traditional markings or engravings. Haida art has been linked specifically to indigenous people living along the north west coast of Alaska; the sticks are thought to have been used much like the pick-up-sticks game played today. In a lesson about other cultures and different civilizations, a sensorial extension could be for children to create their very own Haida sticks (and then perhaps even use them in a game!).

montessori haida sticks

The things you’ll need for this activity are: ice-cream sticks (larger ones will be easier to decorate) and felt-tip pens (or paints, if you’re working with older children). Have a look at the below by My Works Montessori to find out more about Haida sticks:

Traditionally, Haida decoration consists of rings and spiral markings for distinction but allow children to think creatively in their designs. Also show them a variety of Haida art to inspire them.

The activity could also be developed into a lesson (or discussion at home) about other games children of other cultures might play; even comparing games of long ago to games that might be played right now.

If you’d like further information about this tutorial, feel free to contact us at info@saintandrewsmontessori.com. We’re happy to answer any questions.

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