Get Out More on Walk-About Stilts
How does it feel to be just a little bit taller? A couple of empty canisters and a little rope is all you need!
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Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Over One Hour
TOOLS and TEMPLATES
for footprint template
WHAT YOU NEED
2 empty 48.7 oz NESQUIK® canisters
4 sheets of 8 1/2’ X 11” white construction paper
6 sheets of 8 1/2’ X 11” colored construction paper
2 sheets of 8 1/2’ X 11” colored construction paper (for the footprints)
8’ of lightweight rope
HOW TO DO IT
For each stilt:
Wash and dry an empty NESQUIK canister.
Overlap 2 pieces of white construction paper, end to end to measure 20” in length. Tape these pieces together where they overlap.
Cut this 20” piece of construction paper so that it measures 6 3/4” high.
Wrap the construction paper around the NESQUIK canister and secure it with cellophane tape.
Overlap and tape together 3 additional colored sheets of construction paper in the same manner as above.
Cut out 20” long strips of colored construction paper into different widths, varying from 1/2” to 1 1/2”.
Wrap the strips of colored construction paper around the NESQUIK canister. Secure with cellophane tape.
Print out the footprint template.
Trace the template onto a sheet of colored construction paper, cut out the footprint shapes and glue 1 footprint onto each stilt.
(PARENTS ONLY) Using a utility knife, cut a 2 slits (criss-cross) 1/2” from the bottom of the canister. Make the same crisscross slit on the opposite side of the canister.
Insert a pencil into the crisscross slits to make a larger hole.
Measure the distance from your child's waist to their feet. Double that measurement and cut a piece of rope to that length.
Insert 1 end of the rope into 1 of the holes, tie the end into a knot to hold it in place.
Insert the other end into the opposite hole and tie it into a knot to hold it in place.
Do the same to make another stilt.
Your child is now ready to try out the Walk-About Stilts.
Measuring the rope so that the stilt's handles come just to waist height makes it easy for your child to lift each stilt up and down as they Walk-About on them.
Labeling the footprints "L" and "R" will help to remind your child which side is left and which side is right.
While your children are getting used to walking on their stilts, keep them on a flat carpeted area inside or a flat grassy area outside.
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