Stick-Lets™

Stick-lets aim to help children, families and adults reconnect with nature through imaginative and open-ended play. Stick-lets are flexible, durable, reusable, weather-resistant, and safe silicone connectors available in 6 vibrant colors - each a different size. There are no rules to how you use them! Let your imagination and curiosity decide.

Birch Bark White: The largest Stick-let! Its elongated neck works well with large branches. Connects two to three large sticks.

 

Grasshopper Green: The only 4-hole connector. The center hole is larger than the rest. Connects two to four large sticks.

 
Huckleberry Blue: Our original design! A symmetrical 3-hole connector. Connects two to three medium sticks.
Starfish Red: A mini version of our Birch Bark White. Created for smaller twigs and sticks. Connects two to three sticks.

Pardon My Purple: A three-hole connector with two large holes and 1 smaller, center hole. It’s our go-to Stick-let and works well for almost everything! Connects two large sticks or three small sticks.

 
Monarch Orange: Also one of our originals! It's the only Stick-let with two holes. Acts like a zip-tie to latch together two small sticks.

 

"Stick-lets are a practical addition to our first aid supplies and outdoor equipment shop. Our customers - outdoor enthusiasts - have explored various ways to utilize Stick-lets, from constructing shooting sticks and camera tripods, securing GoPros, to holding skiis together to make it easier for children. We also love that they can be used in repair situations (i.e. a surfboard leash or peg loops on tents).”

Take these durable and portable doodads on your next outdoor adventure, whether it’s for family camping, hiking a fourteener, or fort/shelter building in the forest. Most of our designs are great for these purposes. Due to high demand, we’ve created a camouflage kit tailored specifically for outdoor sport. The material is the same, but we adjusted the colors and provided you with the ideal shapes for these adventures. Survivalists recommend keeping a few Stick-lets in your trunk or backpack for safety purposes as well!

Stick-Lets story

One by one my friends and I went around the dinner table sharing our favorite childhood memories. It quickly became apparent that they all took place in the great outdoors. This realization made me wonder if children today will have similar stories to share when they are adults. Will today’s youthful experiences become memories that illicit a yearning for days of unstructured activity, unsupervised play, and risk-taking- much like ours did? Will these memories incite a need to preserve our natural resources if today’s children are not provided the same opportunity to love and appreciate nature? These are my concerns and the driving force behind Stick-lets. 

My studies on factors such as virtual distractions (screens!), busy family schedules, parental fears, and decreased outdoor education within rapidly growing urban areas, made it clear that children were not getting enough exposure to nature. This led to my written thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, Natural Imagination: Reconnecting Children with Nature.

After months of research, field study, and prototyping, I realized that the tool should be open-ended, simple, portable, AND fun. It should trigger a direct relationship with nature by giving children the freedom to manipulate, construct, and design their own experiences. Since classic toys such as building blocks are still a big hit; why not take the free play outside? 

Stick-lets help children of all ages get back outside to create engaging and memorable experiences. By using Stick-lets, kids fall in love with the resourceful, renewable, and plentiful element: the stick! These durable, reusable, weather-resistant and safe silicone joints stretch the imagination through the simple act of lashing together various sizes of scavenged sticks. The flexible nature of the six shapes gives kids the freedom to build forts, toys, animal kingdoms, geometric shapes, and much more. Stick-lets promote problem-solving, team building skills, imaginative dexterity, design discovery and hands-on learning through physical manipulation (i.e. built with your own two hands!).

See what your imagination discovers.

-Christina Kazakia, Creator

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