What adults often view as trash, children can use to create toys. Coffee can stilts are a time-honored toy you grandparents may have played with, not even realizing they were 'recycling.' To make this traditional toy, you'll need two lengths of twine, each twice the length of your child's body from armpit to foot. For the first part of the project, adult supervision is a must. Punch two holes opposite each other, near the bottom of each can. Then, have the child run a length of string through the can, and tie the ends in a knot. Once the second can is complete, turn the cans upside down on the sidewalk, and help your child step onto them. Hand them the now circular length rope for each hand, and let them learn to manipulate each stilt by lifting the foot and rope together. After a few attempts, they should be happily clopping through the yard.
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