How to Build a Step Stool
How to make a mini platform with a checkerboard top, with instructions for parents and kids
Age Range: 7 and up
For kids who live in a grown-up world, reaching things isn't always a matter of stretching their hands up—sometimes they need a boost to get to adult level. This light but very sturdy step stool is a perfect way to help little ones think big, whether they need to wash their hands, put away games and toys, or get to their favorite book. The same antiskid tape used on ladders and stairs adorns the top and makes it safe to use. Plus, its checkerboard design puts the "fun" in functional—the stool can be used for checkers or chess when work is done. Set aside just a few hours for this project and you'll have a step stool of your very own in no time flat. It's so easy (and handy to have around) you may want to make one for every room in the house.
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