How to make a toy boat

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The sun is shining, the paddling pool is ready and we have a group of children, with a mix of ages, all with their own idea of how to make a toy boat.

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The materials we had on offer included tinfoil pie dishes, plastic bowls, drinking straws and the contents of our making box.

how to make a toy boat
The basic principle we used to make our masts was to use sticky tape to fasten a bendy drinking straw to the inside base of each vessel – then each child came up with their own design of how they wanted to make a toy boat.

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Some used a hole punch and wrapping paper to create a sail.

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One added a dingy to follow behind their boat.

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One used tinfoil to create a life boat.

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One added rigging and a crow’s nest.

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One made a galleon with three masts (and a little blutac to balance the ship).

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All the toy boats were different and all proved sea worthy.

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Some were great at racing.

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And together our toy boats made a fine flotilla for play on a sunny day.

This was a great activity for a hot day as the building took place inside in the shade and then we went outside to go sailing once the mid-day heat had passed. Everyone joined in a group activity and all the boat’s turned out to be so different – bring each child’s ideas to life.

How to make a toy boat? Take junk, add imagination, and set sail!

 

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