What to do with this activity?
Have fun trying to balance and walk on homemade stilts made out of recycled tin cans or strong plastic containers. It's great outdoor play.
These tin can stilts are relatively easy to make - follow the instructions on the Premeditated Leftovers website.
Get your child involved in making the stilts, but drilling the necessary holes is definitely adult's work. If you don't have an electric drill, your local hardware shop will probably oblige. Make sure there are no jagged edges left on the tins. Your 8 or 9 year old will then be able to help with decorating the tins, either by painting or sticking tape onto them, and threading the ribbon or string.
If suitable tins are difficult to find, you can use sturdy recyled plastic plant pots or plastic sandcastle buckets instead. Here are instructions from Make it and love it. Again, an adult should drill the holes.
Why am I doing this?
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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