Amen to the boys and sticks thing. I have two sons, 9 and 5, and I am always finding sticks stashed in the garage. I remember that I used to have more fun with sticks I found than most of the toys I was bought. Recieving a bundle of sticks on Christmas is supposed to be a bad thing. Not for my boys.
My former mother in law(rest her soul) gave me sound advice: buy them expensive toys and they'll still prefer wooden spoons and pots and pans. Sticks are good too.