Playing in the water is a great summer activity. Try something new with these walk-on-water shoes. Kids will have a blasting making them and then a splash playing with them. You probably have most of the materials at home already, so this do-it-yourself project should be very inexpensive.
Things You'll Need
- 1 Sheet styrofoam “blue board” insulation (3 inches by 2 feet by 8 feet)
- Large serrated kitchen knife
- Duct tape
- 2 long sticks (or broom handles or ski poles)
Measure the blue board and cut it to match your height.
Cut that piece of board in half lengthwise so you will have two 12-inch-wide pieces.
Find the middle of the short end of each piece and draw an 8-inch diagonal line from that point to each side.
Cut along each line so that the boards look like skis.
Cut six pieces of duct tape to the following lengths: 4 inches, 5 inches, 6 inches, 7 inches, 8 inches and 9 inches. With all pieces sticky side up, lay the bottom edge of the 4-inch piece on top of the top edge of the 5-inch piece, then lay the bottom edge of the 5-inch piece on top of the 6-inch piece and so on until you have a pyramid shape with all six pieces stuck together.
Cut five pieces of duct tape to the following lengths: 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches, 6 inches and 7 inches. Lay the 3-inch piece sticky side down in the center of the 5-inch piece in the existing pyramid. Lay the 4-inch piece sticky side down in the center of the 6-inch piece of the pyramid. Continue with the remaining three pieces. Now you should have a pyramid sticky at the edges and the top, but not in the center.
Repeat steps five and six until you have four pyramids.
With the shoe upside down, draw a line down the middle from the point to the flat end, make a perpendicular line 5 inches down from the point (label A) and 5 inches up from the flat end (label B). Place the first pyramid on the right side of the middle line with its point on line A and its base facing the flat end of the shoe. Press down the point first, then the sides to make a pocket. Place the second pryamid on the left side of the middle line with its flat base on line B and the tip pointing forward toward line A. Place the third pyramid halfway between the first and line B on the right side. Place the fourth pyramid halfway between line A and the second on the left side. The four pyramids should form an alternating or zigzag pattern.
Repeat steps five through eight to make water pockets for the second shoe.
Flip the shoe over and measure halfway between the point and the flat end. Draw a line across the shoe (from flat side to flat side) at that point.
Cut eight pieces of duct tape at lengths: 4 inches, 5 inches, 6 inches, 7 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 10 inches and 11 inches and attach them to each other in a pyramid as explained above (step 5). Cut seven more pieces of lengths 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches, 6 inches. 7 inches, 8 inches and 9 inches and attach them to the pyramid as explained above (step 6).
Attach the point of the pyramid to the line you made before, then press down one side and then the other, making sure there is room for your foot inside.
Repeat steps ten through 12 with the other shoe.
Using the leftover blue board, measure two 6-inch-by-6-inch squares and cut them out. Jab each stick into the center of one square, letting the end poke through an inch or two. Use a couple strips of duct tape to keep the foam at the bottom of the stick. These sticks will help you balance on the water.