Pooh Sticks and River Races

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The bridges in Milton Keynes' offer a fantastic opportunity for fun! The rivers fast currents are fascinating and exciting to watch. Have some fun playing pooh sticks with your little ones – as made famous by the A. A. Milne stories – from the safety of bridges.

What you will need:

  • Floating natural objects like sticks and leaves
  • Find a bridge over a river
  • Tote bag

How to:

Collect a few different sized sticks and leaves in your tote bag. Carry them to a local bridge over a river. Have each person drop an item of their choice on the upstream side of the bridge at the same exact time. Hurry to the downstream side of the bridge to see which item made it across faster.

Try this with different size sticks and leaves and at different points on the bridge to see which is the ultimate speedy combo!

Remember not to enter any bodies of water or cross any paths where rivers have burst their banks as this can be very dangerous. Stay safe and keep to dry land and only splash in puddles.

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    The Ouse Valley Park lies in the floodplain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

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    The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

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