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How to make your own string climbing toy

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 | - final product


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



Cut out the shape

String climbing toy | - 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.



String climbing toy | - step two

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


Cardboard backing

String climbing toy | - 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.


Glue on the cardboard

String climbing toy | - step four

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


Cut and tie string

String climbing toy | - 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.


Thread the string

String climbing toy | - step six

Slide the loose ends of the string through the straws.


Finish the string

String climbing toy | - 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.



String climbing toy | - 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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