Spend quality time with your child by doing a creative activity will help developing a deeper relationship with them.
Making a sock pony, a stick pony or a hobbyhorse, can be a creative and fun project for your child. You will be amazed at what you can create out of an old sock, a wooden stick and some string when you add in a little creativity. Making a sock pony may be a good freezing cold or rainy-day creative activity.
What you will need to make your sock pony:
- A wooden dowel from a broom or mop
- Large men’s sock
- Wool or string – you can also use the string from the mop head if you wish
- Hot glue gun or “no sew glue”
- Large googly eyes
Step by step:
Stuff the sock with as much stuffing as possible so that it is firm and not floppy at all. Loosely tie a piece of string or wool around the opening of the sock to keep the stuffing inside.
Slide the wooden dowel in the sock as far as it will go. Tighten the string around the dowel and secure with a knot. Use the hot glue to secure the opening of the sock around the dowel.
Cut out ears from the felt and glue them to either side of the stick pony’s head – as in the photo. Glue on and the googly eyes and use 2 smaller buttons to make the nose. Cut many short pieces of rope and use your hot glue gun to glue them along the top of the horse’s head to make the mane.
Use coordinating ribbon to create the bridle around the face. Once all of the glue has completely dried, your sock pony is ready to ride.
Your kids will have so much fun with this homemade ride-on sock pony, and they’ll love it even more knowing that you spend time doing this creative activity with them. Have a sock pony race which would soon become another fun activity for your child.
A small bale of hay is the perfect spot for your sock ponies to rest.