This idea is fun for rainier weather when puddles are forming on the ground. It is also fun anytime and a sink or a bathtub can double as a puddle in a pinch.
You will need:
- a number of thin twigs all of the same thickness
- string or yarn
- a hot glue gun
- paper, fabric or a large leaf (for the sail)
Start by cutting your sticks so they are all the same length.
Tie a piece of yarn on to each end of one stick. Start attaching the other sticks by lining a new one up against the first and wrapping the yarn under and around the new stick, between the two sticks, up and over the first stick and then down and between the two sticks again so the your working end is now behind the newly added stick and you have made a figure of 8 with the yarn. If this sounds confusing, which it does, 😉 Easy Peasy and Fun have a great video to show you how.
Now it is time to weave on your supporting sticks, you can see how in the video. or you can attach them with a few dabs of hot glue. Of course you can lash the sticks together in many different ways. For older children why not set them the challenge to build the raft and let them problem solve a solution?
Add your mast with a dab of hot glue to the middle of your raft.
Now add your sail to the mast.
Find some water and test it out. Does it float?