Yes, there are such things and the grandchildren loved making and playing with them. Making them is easy…just find a favorite pinecone, a stick, and some string or twine and, last but not least, an able and willing Daddy to make them. I had never heard of such make-believe pets, until Daddy Dave shared a favorite activity invented by his dad…
When I was 10 we were on a family backpacking trip with a group that included two other boys around my age. During the hike out we were constantly throwing pinecones at each other and generally being destructive as boys of that age are wont to do. My Dad talked us into tying pinecones to a piece of string and seeing how long a string we could keep them on while still controlling them. He kept score of who was able to keep their pinecones from hitting the most large rocks in the trail and it kept us under control. All in all it was just a good way to channel our 10 year old boy energy into something other than hurting each other.
This is how traditions start and this is our second year of making Pet Pinecones…and it won’t be our last! Perhaps, you might want to try this with your children or the children in your care. Get outside, explore, create, and let your imaginations run wild!
Twine or string
- Find a favorite stick
- Find a large pinecone
- Tie the pinecone to the stick with twine or string
- Name your pet pinecone– “Piney,” “Brownie,” “Mr Cone”
- Go for a walk or a run with your pet pinecone
- Have fun!
Did you know that the stick was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008?
Stay tuned…the BEST is yet to come…sharing more stick fun in my next post!