Boat crafts are great for many different reasons. You can use them to teach about sinking and floating, to teach the letter B, and to work on following directions.
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Easy Boat Crafts
Whether you are looking for something educational, a way to build fine motor skills, or just a fun craft to do, these boat crafts are fun and easy for kids of all ages.
The Inspiration Edit
The cool thing about this boat craft is that kids can actually watch it float. Be sure to use cold water as warm water will make the glue melt.
Easy Peasy And Fun
Nothing beats a real homemade boat. But, if you can’t go full-scale, you can start out small scale with this twig boat craft.
Our Family Of Seven
Pool noodles float which means these pool noodle boats are perfect to make for pool time fun. So make these boats and watch them float.
This is an old school milk carton boat. I remember making these back when I was a kid. The best thing is that they really float.
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If you use a cardboard egg carton, keep in mind it won’t be able to float. If you want to be able to use it in the water, consider the styrofoam cartons.
Red Ted Art
There is never a need to feel any kind of way about drinking wine. This is because you can use those wine corks to create a fun boat craft with your kiddos.
The Joy Of Boys
Kids love juice boxes, but instead of throwing them in the trash, you can recycle them into boats. You won’t want to put these bad boys in the water, though.
Fun Crafts Kids
Here is another milk carton boat craft idea. I love how kids can add little sailors to their boats.
Using real wooden sticks to create this boat is a great way to teach real life survival skills. It may not be exactly what you would do in real life, but it can give kids an idea.
Red Ted Art
Not ever sure what to do with those margarine tubs? Other than turn them into Tupperware bowls, you can make them into boats that actually float.
Popsicle sticks are literally my go to for any craft. You can pretty much make anything out of them including this super cute boat.
One Little Project
Origami projects are great at helping kids learn to follow directions and build their fine motor skills. Just don’t put them in water.
Arty Crafty Kids
A paper plate can make some fabulous ocean waves. This is a craft you can do after a story or with the song, “A Sailor Went to Sea.” This interactive sailboat can actually move to the tune of the song.
Kids Craft Room
Who knew the shell of an avocado could make such a super cute boat? It can even sail in the water.
Egg Carton Boat Crafts
Here is another egg carton boat. This would be a great one to do with the cardboard egg carton and then do the other one with the styrofoam carton. Then, you could do a sink or float challenge.
Get out those toilet paper rolls for this cute little submarine. Obviously this one will sink, so it’s just for decorations.
Premeditated Left Overs
Cork floats so this would be another fun boat to make and play in the water with. Kids love making things they can put in water.
The Craft Train
This is not only a boat, but a really cool science experiment. Get this boat going with balloon power! Kids will love this. Try different types of balloons to see which one works the best.
I don’t know about you, but kids always want to bring you weeds and twigs as gifts. Now you can have them make a fun little boat they can sail with their gifts.
These boat crafts are super great ideas to use as a sink or float lesson. You could make a couple different boats from this list and then have kids guess which ones will sink or float. Then, test them out.
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.