We love encouraging the kids outside, and today we are sharing these fabulous homemade DIY cork boats with you. A super-simple and incredibly fun outdoor activity that’s perfect for children—cork boat races! This delightful craft is not only easy to make but also offers numerous benefits for your child’s development. Let’s dive into how to create these charming cork boats and explore three reasons why this craft is excellent for kids too.
This is actually a craft from a fabulous new book as well – so before we dive in, do check out the Playful Wonders book from Katie Still too. There are loads more craft ideas within this book, including the story stones ideas craft we shared with you last week.
- Elastic bands
- Triangular pieces of paper
- Washi tape (or coloring pens)
- Cocktail sticks
- Bathtub, tray of water, or puddle
- Straw (optional)
1. To start, arrange three corks in a row and secure them with elastic bands on both ends.
2. Create a sail by decorating a triangular piece of paper with washi tape stripes or colourful patterns using colouring pens. Attach the sail to a cocktail stick to form the mast.
3. Gently insert the mast into the middle cork, and your cork boat is ready to set sail!
4. Place the boats in a bathtub, tray of water, or even a puddle outside. Encourage kids to blow wind into the sails using a straw to propel their boats.
Remember, adult supervision is essential when handling sharp objects like cocktail sticks and playing with water.
Why cork boat races are great for kids
- Enhances creativity: Designing and decorating the sails allows children to express their creativity and personalise their boats,
- Develops fine motor skills: Assembling the boats and manoeuvring them during races helps improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, and
- Encourages problem-solving: Experimenting with different sail designs and boat weights challenges kids to think critically and adapt their strategies to make their boats sail faster.
Cork boats and races are an enjoyable and educational outdoor activity that children will love. Not only is this craft easy and entertaining, but it also contributes to your child’s overall development. So gather your materials, head outdoors, and let the fun-filled cork boat races begin!
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