Moon shoes are a retro outdoor toy that most of us parents enjoyed as a child and the appeal is still there with our little ones today. This is a great summer, outdoor activity that is fast and simple to make and will provide another unique way to keep those little feet busy and work on their balancing skills at the same time!
Moon shoes rock!
Time: 10 minutes
Age: Any Age. Adult supervision needed for drilling holes
2 tin cans of the larger variety ( coffee cans work great, shorter tin cans may be better for 3 and under)
Cord or rope
Drill, 2 large tin cans, string or rope, scissors
Have your child step onto the bottom of the tin cans with help and measure the rope looped from one side of the can up to the child's hand and back down to the tin and cut two lengths to the same size.
Drill hole on either side of tin
Drill a hole on either side of the tin can about a half inch from the bottom of the can, make sure there are no rough edges. My 5 year old son was very interested in helping with this as long as it's done safely.
Feed rope through the whole from the outside
Feed one length of the rope through the first hole from the outside and tie a double knot on the inside of the can. Do the other side with the other end of rope.
Double knot rope
Repeat for the other can.
Let the balancing begin!
The fun is in the balancing and imaginative play of walking in space in their own backyard. Also highly recommended for those parents who haven't tried this in awhile - it's still loads of fun!