Having two young sons, when I see the downed branches, I see opportunity for imaginative play, creative building, and toy making. Our home is strewn with bits of wood, some for our nature table, others make great swords, and others wait for a rubber band to turn into a hero's slingshot.
My in-laws live in upper rural Connecticut on forested property. We often come back from a visit filling our car with wood limbs, rocks or little items for the nature table. After our last visit, we came home with a pile of birch limbs with which little Shane made a shelf. We also came home with one of our favorite homemade wood toys made by my father in-law: Walking Stilts.
|To build stilts, all you need are round branch cuts and two six foot cuts of rope.|
We cut a birch trunk 3 inches tall & 4 inches in diameter to make the stilts.
|There you are. A fun new toy.|
Have your child put the ropes over their shoulders.
(Tie them off at the top if the ropes are too long.)
Put their feet between the ropes on the stilts, hold the ropes, and take a walk.