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by Jo Sorensen

Dad (or Paul) made us stilts when we lived in Reedley, and I can remember how much I loved to walk around on them. Then in Kodai we spent hours on stilts, going up and down the walk/stairs between the dining hall and Boyer. I distinctly remember being The Champion Stilt-Walker (at least for a day)! Here's how to make them.

Make two:

  1. Use 2" diameter posts or 1" x 1 1/2 " wood strips about 6' long, depending on how big you are;
  2. sandpaper the poles so you don't get any splinters;
  3. cut foot blocks 6" x 4" x 1 1/2" (see diagram 1);
  4. decide on the height of the foot block from the ground (start low!);
  5. drill foot block holes;
  6. use 2 1/2" or 2" screws to attach the blocks to the poles.

How to walk on your new stilts:

Have a great time! You'll get the hang of it soon and want to walk everywhere with your new stilts.

P.S. You can also make Tin Can Stilts. Put two big cans on the ground with their bottom ends up. Poke holes through the sides close to the top of the cans. Put a string through the holes in each can, measure the string so it will come up high enough for you to hold, and then make a knot. Hold the strings up tightly and WALK! (see diagram 3)