Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY Toy: Tin Can Stilts

When I was young, my mom helped me make a toy she loved to play with when she was a kid, tin can stilts. I loved those things and played with them for hours. Recently, I decided to carry on the tradition and make the stilts for my own children. If you'd like to make your own, here's all you need:

The supplies

Two used large juice or family sized cans
Thick yarn, twine, old shoes laces or other tough string-like material
Lever-type can/bottle opener

Turn your cans upside down so that the opening faces down. Puncture two holes opposite each other on top of each of the can, like this:

Then measure your string material so that it will reach from the can to the belly button of your child and back again. Cut it. Thread it through the tin can, like this:

Repeat for the second can. Now the stilts are ready for your children to have fun! My kids love these. They had some friends over the evening we made them and they were a hit with all ages.

Walking around on stilts
Did you have stilts when you were a kid? Were they homemade? What is your favorite DIY toy?


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