I’m posting this a few days early, as I have like 900 other blogs queued up to post over the next few days. Ahhh, crazy busy!
For my library’s May/June magazine I am sharing a fun sail boat craft I found at Family Fun. It was super easy to make and the girls loved sailing it. The fact that it actually worked and didn’t immediately sink or fall over is perhaps the most amazing part of this whole project! Especially when working with small children… I just loved making this craft with the girls and they are really enjoying playing with their boats 🙂
In her Baking With Miss Lucy section of the magazine, Lucy shared a fun recipe for celery sailing ships. We thought it would be fun and summery to go with a boat theme 🙂
Sailing Boat Craft
Small foil pan, like the size of a loaf of bread
non hardening modeling clay
plastic folder (like an old school folder)
Bamboo Skewer or chopstick or thin dowel rod (about 9 inches tall)
long length of string (so you don’t loose your boat)
1. Cut out a tall triangle shape from your folder. You can use the permanent marker to make a shape first or just eyeball it (my preferred method). Make sure it’s about 2 inches shorter than your stick.. If you have stickers or other colors of permanent marker you can decorate your sail as well 🙂
2. Fold the sail in half vertically and make a small slit about 1 inch from the top and a second slit about an inch from the bottom. This is where the dowel rod will go through the sail.
3. Take the foil pan and pinch one of the short ends a little to make a ship’s bow.
4. Place a small circle of clay (about an inch) in the bottom of the boat.
5. Thread the stick through the folder leaving the extra length of stick at the bottom.
6. Insert the base of the stick into the clay ball.
7. Poke a hole in the bow of the foil boat and tie your string to it. Make the length of the string as long as you would like it to be.
The best part is that the boats can actually carry small animals in them. We let an ostrich take a ride in one of the boats!
We took our boats out back to the canal and the girls had a great time “sailing” them, mostly the boats just kind of hung out near the edge of the yard. The girls are planning on taking their boats to the beach tomorrow to try them out there 🙂
Happy girls (and ducks) with their boats and shiny eyes
It was a beautiful night for a sail 🙂