Tin Can Telephone

The tin can telephone is the perfect way to tear the kids away from their smartphones, without completely cutting the cord. Revive this classic childhood pastime with a couple of baked bean cans and some string. If your little helpers are joining in with making the tin can telephones, please do exercise caution when using the hammer and nail – we don’t want any accidents!

What you’ll need:
2 x tin cans
1 x hammer
1 x small nail
1 x two metre length of string

Wash both tin cans in warm soapy water, making sure there are no sharp jagged edges.

Step 1: How to make tin can telephones

Once they’re dry, turn the tin cans upside down. Next, you’ll need to hammer a small hole in the bottom of each tin can using a nail.

Step 2: How to make a tin can telephone

Cut a length of string measuring two metres. Thread the string through the hole in the bottom of one of the cans from the outside in. Tie a knot in the string to make sure it doesn’t pull through. Next, you’ll need to thread the unknotted end of the string through the bottom of the remaining can. Again, tie a knot to stop the string from slipping through the hole.

Step 3: How to make a tin can telephone

To bring your tin can telephone to life, give your child one tin can and hold the other. Now all you need to do is walk away from each another until the string is pulled taut. One person talks in the can, whilst the other listens.

Step 4: How to make a tin can telephone

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