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My 5 year old would say that there isn’t much that is more fun that a craft that turns into an activity. She enjoys crafting so much, but when they turn into a ‘toy’ it is even more interesting. We decided to make our own boats that turn into a floating activity. It mixes a little art, engineering, science, and of course fun. What better activity is there? Our Floating Boats: Craftivity For Kids is by far one of my daughter’s favorite activities to date.
Rectangle Sponges – Dry
Sequins or other decorations
I cut foam sheets into triangles to create the sail. We decorated them however we wanted. I left mine black and my daughter added sequins and black dots. It turned out really cute.
Next we glued the sail onto one side of the popsicle stick at the top.
I cut a slit into the sponge, I put mine all the way through. The spot on the sponge was directly in the center. I think it is important that adults do this part, a child could easily cut themselves.
Next we wrapped the remaining section of the popsicle stick with pipe cleaner, to add some more color to the boat.
We didn’t glue the popsicle stick into the sponge because I figured after being in the water for a few minutes it wouldn’t make a difference anyway. The slit that I cut being so close to the size of the popsicle stick it worked out well, even without glue.
Once the boats were compiled it was time for them to go in the water. We just got a wide bucket (from the dollar store) and used that. I filled it with water and my daughter put the boats in the water. I honestly held my breath because I was afraid, for some reason, that they wouldn’t float. But they did. The sponges soaked up the water and the boats danced around the bin. It was so cute and fun.
This would make a fun decoration for a birthday party. It could also be great for boat races too. I love when activities are interesting, have more than a few minute life span and are inexpensive!! All of these supplies could essential be purchased at the dollar store!