Monday, July 6, 2009

Make a Toy Boat Out of Sticks

I made this boat for a little boy while we were on a beach in Sweden. It is made out of some some dry reed sticks which I found on the beach and broke with my hands, long pieces of grass for binding, a green twig from a tree for the mast, and a large green marsh grass leaf for a sail. It floated beautifully.

Here is how to make a toy boat which will last longer. Start with a collection of dry sticks. You can break them or saw them. We found a wonderful cache of bamboo sticks which we sawed. The girl working on the project with me is twelve years old.

We sawed ten raft logs and three cross pieces, and then fastened them together with string.

We bent a green maple twig in half to make the mast, and stuck it through the raft so that it goes around the center cross piece. The mast must be flexible enough so that you can bend it without breaking it.

We tied the mast together on top of the raft with some string so that it won't slide back down.

Find a big leaf for a sail.

Now it is time to launch your boat and play with it! This boat will last a long time. You may have to replace the mast from time to time because it will dry out and break in half.


The Magic Onions said...

Wow... your blog is wonderful! Thank you for welcoming me into NaturalKids... what a lovely place it is with such interesting people like you.
Blessings and magic.

suzanne said...

I do long for Summer when I see post like these. What a well made boat. I will certainly make one of these with Aaron.

Warm regards

The Magic Onions said...

This is such a perfect post for my 'Friday's Nature Table'... I would be honored if you would post it on my blog today :-)
Blessings and magic.

Beth said...

Hi, Magic Onions! I would love to post on your blog but am out of town at the moment and didn't get my email Friday. Perhaps next Friday? And I have to figure out what you mean by posting on your blog.) Thank you so much!

Danielle said...

I'm going camping in a few days and there's a creek there, I've been to the campsite before and there's a lot of little kids coming with us so I'm planning to teach them how to make these to have some fun without hurting themselves :) Thanks for the idea.