Prepare your sticks for the race
You can have an impromptu stick race at any time by picking up sticks and racing them down a stream. Just stand on a bridge or in a stream and let the sticks go at the same time.
Another way to do this activity is to prepare your sticks beforehand.
Taping the sticks with masking tape allows us to have "racing stripes" on our sticks, before we paint them.