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Celebrate spring: Play Poohsticks

poohsticks-at-diamond-hillPoohsticks is a game Winnie-the-Pooh loves to play with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. The game was first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. Read the story to your children and then pack a picnic and head to a park with a bridge to celebrate the warmer weather.

We recently went for a hike in Diamond Hill State Park on Route 114 in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Afterwards, we played Poohsticks on the bridge located near the parking lot.

I would love to find other places to play. If you know of areas with easy access to a bridge, please add the location to the comments below.

Rules for Poohsticks
A game for two or more players. Young kids will need parental supervision.

1.  Collect some sticks.
2.  Find a bridge over a stream.
3.  Choose your first stick – make sure everyone knows which stick is theirs by checking for distinguishing details such as size and shape.
4.  Check which way the stream is flowing and have all players line up on the bridge facing upstream.
5.  Designate someone who will say, “Ready-Set-Go!”
6.  Each player holds his/her stick at arm’s length over the stream.
7.  Designated person says, “Ready-Set-Go!” and all players drop (not throw) their sticks in the water simultaneously.
8.  All players must quickly cross to the downstream side of the stream.
9.  Look over the edge for the sticks to emerge from under the bridge. The player whose stick comes out first is the winner.

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  • We love to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge over the cove in Barrington–at times when there’s not too much traffic–and in Weetamoo woods, at the beginning of the hike there’a an exciting spot for this game. And no traffic.

  • This is such a cute game =) You can always try the bridges at Pawtuxet village and in Wickford village. Though, there is traffic to get to the other side.