Warm, sunny days are becoming limited around here, so we decided to make the most of the good weather and make these stilts. This is a fun activity that I remember doing as a child, and my kids didn't really even know what stilts were, so I though this would be fun to do with them.
I used #10 food storage cans that were going to be recycled anyway, but you could use any sturdy metal can (like a large soup can). Just use your judgement on if it is strong enough/ big enough for your child.
My 4 year old loved being my helper and the look on his face when he tried the stilts for the first time was priceless.
Here's how to make your own tin can stilts:
1. Gather your materials. You'll need two metal cans that are the same size, some twine or strong cord, scissors to cut the cord, a thicker- sized nail, and a hammer.
2. Using the nail and hammer, make two holes- one each on opposite sides of the can, just under the rim of the sealed end of the can.
3. Cut a length of cord or twine and poke each of the ends through the holes you just made. The length you should cut the twine depends on the height of your child. When they are standing on the stilts, the twine should come high enough that they can grip it easily but have no slack in the string (slack makes it easier to fall off or trip).
4. Tie the ends of the twine together inside the can for a hidden knot- or, if you want easier adjusting, string it though the opposite way, with the knot at the top where the handhold is.
5. Repeat steps for the other can.
|Photo credit goes to my 4 year old!|
Test it- you know, quality control! Remember that the strings need to be pulled very tight as you walk in order to keep the cans next to your feet to avoid tripping or falling. It may take a little practice!
My first grader wanted to get in on the fun when he got home from school and both boys spent about an hour tromping in and out of the garage and down the sidewalk.
Yay for homemade (recycled) toys! Do you remember making stilts like this as you were growing up?