These charming little boats are easy to make. They are an ephemeral toy. They are fun for a little while, and then they will get waterlogged and start to capsize. The lighthouse keeper will be very busy rescuing sailors after that.
We collected some horse chestnuts in the rain.
The children found some toothpicks, picked leaves of different kinds, and peeled the hulls off the chestnuts.
The hulls are soft on the inside, and you can push a toothpick mast in easily. If you are having trouble, a friend can help you with this part.
Make a sail out of a little leaf. A big leaf will make your ship turn over.
If it is a little windy, the ships will sail on a puddle.
If you can use a whole half of a hull, your boat will stay up better.
The quarter hulls tended to tip over when the wind blows hard.
A chestnut ship can be so beautiful, like the one this girl made.