Have you ever seen those little balancing toys in the store? I always loved those as a kids and wanted to try making one. I am loving this little balancing stick man I made with the kids. He is really adorable and fun to play with. We might have to make a few more since everyone wants him.
We have nicknamed him Dilbert the sideways bouncing man. He likes to lean to the side a little.
How To Make the Balancing Stick Man
4 Bendy Straws
1 notecard (cut in half lengthwise)
1 toilet paper tube (cut to 1″ sections off for feet)
Curling Ribbon for Hair
Tape the 4 straws together just above the bendy part. Cut the two outer straws shorter to make into arms. Cut two one inch strips off of the toilet paper tube. Tape them onto the bottom of the two longer straws to make feet. Cut a 3 x 5 notecard in half lengthwise. Tape one of the sections into a circle to make the head. Glue on googly eyes (or draw some on). Curl some ribbon or paper strips to make curly hair. Attach them with tape on the top of the head piece. Tape the whole head on the the top of the straws. Stick a toothpick in between the middle of the 4 straws.
Once he is all assembled, the kids can decorate him more if they want to. Then just balance the toothpick on your finger and he will teeter-totter around there. It isn’t very hard to assemble, but your kids might need a little help. They will love playing with it, though! If yours is a little off-balance, see what you can do to make it balance evenly- make it a learning activity! 🙂