Depending on where you live, winter usually means a lot of indoor activities, which can get pretty tough with little bodies that need to get outside. I (Erin) came up with a whimsical little toy that can be a lot of fun for the littles, and it incorporates a little science fun to boot!
Wooden Sled Toy
-Popsicle Sticks (7)
Step 1: Build the base of your sled. Glue the sides of the sled on.
Step 2: Paint your sled base, and your sled “blades”. This is also a great time to let the kids join in the fun and allow them to be creative with their painting! I loved the look of the metallic silver on the sled “blades”.
Step 3: Glue on the sled “blades”.
Step 4: Cut a straw in half and glue on base of sled.
Step 5: Cut a long piece of elastic cording and string through the straws. Tie the two loose ends together.
Step 6: (Completely optional but it takes the sled to the next level.) Print and cut out sledding figures-bonus points if it’s faces of people you love!
Tape your little sledder’s feet to the sled and get ready to play. Loop one end of the elastic around a hook, a bed post, etc., or have a tall person hold it up. Lower the other end and watch your little sled fly down the hill. (Need a visual? See the video below!) Kids can learn how to make it faster or slower, and also start to get an idea about friction and gravity. It’s a win/win and either way it’s tons of fun for all involved, especially if you make more than one and have races!