Naturally you want nothing but the best for your children, grandchildren and the unique kids in your life. Walking Stick is a local mama-owned and operated toy, clothing and craft store in downtown Missoula, Montana. We provide many locally made environmentally friendly products made from wood, wool, cotton and silk. We've chosen these products made from natural resources with confidence; we know they are the safest and healthiest for your children and ours.
Earth Month is our favorite month.
It encompasses all that we are about. We love the earth, and that is the most important thing we keep in mind while making our toy, clothing and crafting selections. We've spent the last year bringing in even more earth-lovin' delights to share with our community. We pride ourselves on the wood, wool, cotton, silk and wax selections we make. These selections are very important to us, as parents, for the safety and well-being of our children. We like to pass these same options on to the rest of the parents that make sustainability and safety a priority. There are so many ways that we can show our love for the earth, so many ways we can give back to Mother Nature, so many ways we can teach our children the importance in taking care of our earth.
We recently started a Facebook thread to hear about what each of you do in celebration of Earth Month. We've heard from so many of you and are loving your ideas. Keep them coming!
We're having our annual Earth Day Sale - 30% off - storewide on Monday, April 22nd. If you haven't been in to visit us yet we'd love to show you around. You'll be happy to find so many local delights, local creations, upcycled products, safe art supplies, wooden toys/teethers, organic cotton toys, clothing, bathing suits, baby carriers and other new baby necessities, eco-friendly lunchbox supplies, reusable water bottles/sippy cups/baby bottles, books, kites, garden tools, rainbows!, and so much more.
If you want to see what our little shop is looking like these days, check it below.
Visit us, in person, to see everything up close and personal.
If you are shopping online your Earth Day Code to save 30% is ED201330. Happy Earth Month!
I want to get in your office, Auntie...
I'll use the tools (toys) provided.
If you haven't had a chance to dye eggs yet, and that is a tradition in your household, make note that we still have a handful of eco-eggs kits available.
Our lovely friend Jenna took this photo of her eco-eggs and hens. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Special of the week: If you purchase an eco-eggs kit between today and Saturday you can save 50% on any single playsilk - the perfect Easter grass in your eco-friendly basket. You must mention this deal to the cashier at checkout to receive your discount.
We had a group of 18 kiddos come in on January 16th to learn about why our store is such a valuable resource for people in our community (and of course to have a little bit of fun). We decided to expand upon the reasons in a blog post as a reminder to others (and ourselves).
These especially bright kiddos looked around the store and first made observations about what they saw.
Next we talked about what a sustainable resource is. In case you'd like a quick definition - 'It is a resource that is used up at the same speed as it is renewed.' Our store is unique in the fact that we strive to find toys and goods that are healthy and natural and come from sustainable resources.
Where does wood come from?
This was a bit baffling to a group of 3 year olds, but we worked our way through it. We made some snowflakes out of recycled calendars.
Where does wool come from?
We watched this short video and then talked about how wool can come from other animals too - I had the kids guess which other animals wool might come from. They didn't have too many answers.
Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals, including cashmere from goats, mohair from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, vicuña, alpaca, camel from animals in the camel family, and angora from rabbits.
Where does cotton come from?
We experimented a bit with cotton balls and talked about how cotton grows. I think the little snow people we created were awfully cute.
Where does silk come from?
This image was taken from this site and you can even order your very own silk worms from them. We'll have some in the store this summer.
We watched this short video that is REALLY awesome!
We talked briefly about wax. None of these kiddos knew that bees made wax. I sent them each home with a sweet honey stick from the Montana Bees we get our wax from.
I honestly this think this field trip might be more beneficial for Kindergarten (or older) kiddos, but we had a blast with the Head Start kids. If you are an educator and would like to bring your kids to visit our eco-friendly business we would be happy to have you!
The rest of the album from our field trip can be found on our FB page.