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.