How to make your own string climbing toy

Apr 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Simple string climbing toys have been around for generations. Now you can make your own version of this classic, simple toy just by following a few easy steps.

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - final product

Supplies:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Straws
  • Card stock
  • Paints and markers
  • Cardboard
  • String
  • Wooden beads

Directions:

1

Cut out the shape

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step one

Cut out a shape from the card stock. I chose to make my climber a butterfly, but you can cut out whatever shape your child desires.

2

Decorate

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step two

Use paints, markers and other embellishments to decorate the card stock.

3

Cardboard backing

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step three

Cut out a rectangle of cardboard that is small enough to fit on the back of your card stock shape. Cut 2 straws down to size and glue them to the cardboard, as shown.

4

Glue on the cardboard

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step four

Glue the piece of cardboard to the back of the card stock, with the straws pointing up and down.

5

Cut and tie string

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step five

Cut a long piece of string, then fold it in half. Slide the folded end through a wooden bead, then tie knots at the top and the bottom of the bead to hold it in place.

6

Thread the string

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step six

Slide the loose ends of the string through the straws.

7

Finish the string

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step seven

Slide a bead on to each end of the string and tie a knot at the bottom to keep the bead from sliding off.

8

Enjoy!

String climbing toy | Sheknows.com - step eight

Hang the string climber toy on the wall. Have your child alternate pulling each string to make the toy "climb" up the strings.

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