Sometimes simple is best. This is especially true when it comes to outdoor play! Not long ago we made a pair of tin can stilts for the kids, and they have been a huge hit!
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Make your own tin can stilts!
- 2 large coffee cans
- 2 pieces of rope the same length
- electric drill
In each coffee can drill two holes approximately one inch from the bottom, opposite of each other. If you are worried about sharp edges on the insides of the cans, you can use a file to smooth them out.
Next, thread a piece of rope in one hole of the coffee can, through the can, and out the hole on the opposite side. Tie the loose ends of rope in a knot. (I had my daughter stand on the cans and made the knot so it was a little above her waist.)
You could get out paint and decorate your cans, but we’ve been having too much fun with ours to stop and decorate!
To use the stilts, simply stand on the cans, holding the ropes in each hand. While pulling on one can’s rope, lift your foot and take a step.
The coffee can stilts are a fun way to work on balance, coordination, and motor skills. Plus, my daughter loves seeing the world from a new perspective!
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