Synopsis: Using basic materials, children crafted small boats that actually float.
Prep Time: If you have the materials on hand, prep time is pretty negligible.
Budget: Around $20 – $40 depending on how many materials you would like to include
toothpicks or popsicle sticks or some type of small wooden dowels (these will serve as your nails to connect Styrofoam together)
craft foam material
kiddie pool or some type of large container to hold water
aluminum foil (optional)
rubber duckiees (opitonal)
Other craft supplies as desired
This is the type of program that I truly enjoy running, because the children can dive right in from the beginning and begin to tinker and play. Preparation for the program was gathering the materials and placing them out for the children to use. I also filled up two kiddie pools with water. The building blocks for the program were large pieces of Styrofoam (whenever I hear of anyone tossing out a large amount of Styrofoam, I try to snag it because I know that I’ll eventually use if for a library program.).
I did build a couple of boats ahead of time to give children some ideas of what they could create. I showed them how to connect blocks of Styrofoam together using popsicle sticks and tooth picks as ‘nails.’ I also demonstrated how to construct a ‘sail’ using pieces of craft foam and turned on the fan to show how it would push the boat across the water.
The children took over from there and, as you can see from the pictures, they came up with some fantastic boats!