Make a cane topper


Create an imaginative and protective cap for the top of a cane or stick to prevent an injury or to help support netting.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): PSHE, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Create and design objects using a variety of materials
  • Select from a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks


Discuss with pupils why canes need to have cane toppers to keep people safe in the garden.
Wash and dry yoghurt drink bottles.

Equipment needed

  • Yoghurt drink containers or small plastic bottles
  • Permanent pens
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Ribbons
  • Air drying clay
  • Natural materials e.g. seeds and twigs
  • Metal point (supervision needed) or sharp pencil to make holes

Step by step

For a clay cane topper:

  1. Mould a golf ball sized amount of air drying clay onto the top of the cane.
  2. Sculpt the clay into any shape you fancy such as a vegetable, fruit or mini-beast, adding in natural materials for antennae or spots.

For a yoghurt pot cane topper:

  1. Decide on the theme for the topper - it could be a bee or a butterfly.
  2. For a butterfly or bee, using the pot or bottle as the body. Colour the body using permanent pens.
  3. Make the head at the bottom of the bottle by sticking on googly eyes.
  4. Make 2 holes at the bottom of the bottle and insert 2 antennae made from sticks or pipe cleaners. (This may need adult help). 
  5. Add on the wings. Make 3 holes either side of the bottle and stick a pipe cleaner in the top and bottom hole. Pinch the pipe cleaner in the middle and poke into the third hole.
  6. Insert the cane into the top of the bottle to complete.

Hints & tips

  • The cane topper can be made from other recycled materials such as old plastic, tennis or ping pong balls. Any object that can cover the tip of a cane can be used to keep pupils safe.
  • Use this activity as part of Focus on Fruit class growing topic

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