“ Brand: ELC / Type: Kids Sport Equipment „
These Early Learning Centre stilts are great fun for children and adults alike.
The stilts are the shape of an upside down bucket without the handle. They are made from very strong and sturdy plastic meaning any age or weight could use them without them breaking. I have never had mine break or crack and I have had them for years.
There is a strong white rope securely kept attached to the stilt which is the right length for younger children. If they are being used by a taller child or adult you have to bend over to hold the rope. This can make it a little tricky but they are made for younger children. I have seen ten year olds use them and be too tall.
The colour of the stilts are red which is good for both girls and boys. They are recommended for age three and over and I agree with this age as some three year olds struggle. It is great for physical development and balance.
They are priced at £4 from Early Learning Centre which I think is a really good price.
I played with these when I was younger with my cousin and we had a great time going up and down the room. Unfortunately for our parents it is a wooden floor which makes it quite noisy. I never found them difficult to balance on but I was older than the aimed age range. I have also used these at places I've worked and used them with seven to ten year olds by incorporating them into a relay race. They choose to play with them when they have free play anyway so they must enjoy using them.
These stilts are great fun and everyone should have a go.
I bought my daughter these ELC stilts to help with balance and coordination. We call them plant pots, they are red and look very much like up turned plant pots with long strings attached to each to hold with the hands. I think they are good fun to play with, although they do come out from the play cupboard that often and haven't been used as much as I hoped.
The stilts are made from hard plastic and are about 5 inch high. The are round with about a 6 inch diameter at the base and about a 5 inch diameter and the top of each stilt where the feet go. The strings, which are white plastic costed rope, are attached through two holes in the top on the stilts and you need to hold the strings tight to keep the stilts on the bottom on your shoes, otherwise you the stilts will be swinging around and don't to land upright. Therefore the hands and feet have to work together and you need to pull the right hand up to keep the string tort as you lift the right for etc etc. This makes for quite a lot of coordination for a small child, but at four my daughter really got the hand of these.
They say they are not suitable for kids under three, which would be right, there are too many coordination skills involved for little ones. I bought these for my daughter when she was four as I noticed she wasn't good at balancing on beams etc. at the park and thought these would help, which I think they did. My daughter would pretend she was in the circus and I guess they will be of interest to my kids until they are around 6-7 years old. Perhaps afterwards I can adopt them as plant pots, after all they even have holes in what would become the base!
You may need to alter the string handles as they will be no use for a child to hold onto if they are too long. This is easily done by tying an extra knot in the rope on the inside of the stilt. Otherwise they are a very simple and straightforward design.
I think I paid £4 so these are not at all expensive. They are good for helping children with balance and coordination skills and can be really fun so even if they haven't been used all that much I am still glad I got them.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Fun stilts for children. They are very basic upside down plastic pots with strings attached to them.
They are very simple and a lot of fun. The stilts are 5 1/2" high and are wide enough that children can balance on them without falling off. There is a raised spiral on the top of each stilt for grip and my daughters have never had their feet slip off what ever shoes they are wearing. The string is tied off under the stilts and is in a loop of about 25cm. When I bought mine there was a choice of red, blue or yellow and I bought yellow because that was my daughters favourite colour.
WHAT I THINK
This was an impulse buy but has been very popular and both of my daughters play with the stilts very regularly. They use them in the garden and inside but we have got laminate floor and the stilts are a bit slippy on that, they are best on carpet and the decked patio area. The bottom rims are quite wide but they still sink into the garden if it is not completely dry so I don't let my daughters play on the grass with them very often in case they bring the dirt in. They are easy to clean but the strings get very dirty.
5 1/2" doesn't sound very high but these can be used by children from 3 and at that age it's high up. Children will walk very straight legged on them but it is teaching them to do something new and that is a good thing when done through play. My 6 year old daughter plays on the stilts the most and they are good for her in size, she has to bend down to hold the strings comfortably but that helps her to balance so I won't put new longer strings on yet.
WHAT MY DAUGHTERS THINK
My daughters have both enjoyed playing with these stilts and I am very glad I bought them. My oldest daughter learned how to walk in them very quickly but my youngest was frightened to be so high up and it took her a lot longer. Now they can both run in them and walk very naturally.
These stilts were £5 and worth it.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
At a Glance These fun stilts are great for improving balance and coordination. Features and benefits for ELC Stilts These fun stilts are great for improving balance and coordination.Warning! Not suitable for children under 36 months.