Whether you’re looking for a fun Summer activity, a hilarious kids camp challenge, or a silly party game, these Bigfoot Cardboard Feet are sure to keep children (and adults) entertained.
One of the outdoor games we played for the Bigfoot Themed Party was the Bigfoot Race, which required giant Bigfoot Cardboard Feet. While I got the idea off of Pinterest, none of the pins seemed to lead to a tutorial. So I used my son’s foot as a starting point to figure out how big to make them. This game is, of course, also fun for any time, not just parties!
This “race” was really fun and the kids were laughing their butts off as the giant feet flopped around when they ran. One tip I will pass along is to have them leave their shoes ON. The feet will tie on to their shoes much better and won’t slide off as easily.
Also, be prepared for the cardboard feet to bend and flop as they run around in them. We talked about it and if the feet were thicker or more rigid to prevent bending, they would be very difficult or too heavy for the kids to use.
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Bigfoot Cardboard Feet Materials
Bigfoot Cardboard Feet Steps
1: Use the pencil to sketch out the rough shape of a very large foot onto the poster board. It shouldn’t be to scale and will be somewhat wide. I suggest putting your foot down on the poster board on the floor and tracing around your foot, but at least four inches out. Don’t make the toes separate, just make them short little humps so they are more easily cut out. Use a child’s foot to mark lines where you’ll cut the slits for the ties, one on each side of the foot, midway.
2: Cut out your poster board template along the lines you drew, including the little slots for the ties.
3: Now take this template and trace the foot shape onto a flat piece of cardboard. I chose to make left and right feet pairs. To do this, simply flip the template over to trace the other foot. Be sure to mark them L and R for left and right.
4: Next take the box cutter and cut out all the big feet, including the slots for the ties. I cut out 12 feet pairs total, and that took me around six hours to complete, or four feet per hour. It would go even faster if you have help, of course!
5: Use the scissors to cut 2-inch by 18-inch strips of fabric. You’ll need two for each pair of feet. Poke the strips through the slots so that the two ends of the fabric are both on the top of the foot. Repeat for all the feet. We decided to use muslin fabric because it was the most cost-effective and would be strong enough to hold up to the strain. But, using a wide burlap ribbon would work really well, too, because the rough texture would help keep it from untying.
That’s it! As I mentioned above, try to have the kids tie the Bigfoot Cardboard Feet on over their shoes for the best fit. Though, they work either way. I’ve made several different versions of these fun feet over the years and they are always a hit with the kids. I’ve experimented with different materials for the ties and I’ve tried other options instead of the cardboard but this version always has the best results.
We also used the Bigfoot Cardboard Feet for a race of sorts, but they ended up running around in them for fun. You could do an obstacle course or a relay race, too. I’ve even seen people attach inflated balloons to the toes and then the kids try to stomp and pop them on the other kids’ feet. Be sure to ask the children for more ideas as well, because they often have the most original ideas anyway.
You can watch the kids flop around in their Cardboard Bigfoot Feet here: