How to Build a Styrofoam Layout Boat

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How to Build a Styrofoam Layout Boat
Create your own sailboat using a styrofoam base. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Building sailboats are a fun and simple way to teach children about how sails are driven by wind power. Use readily available household materials, such as styrofoam trays and wooden skewers to create these light and inexpensive craft boats. Demonstrate their sailing abilities in a bath tub or another large water container.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Styrofoam trays (meat trays)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Glue
  • Cloth sheet
  • Scissors
  • Fan

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  1. 1

    Clean and dry the styrofoam trays. Cut one tray to desired boat size. Cut four smaller pieces from another tray to make the side panels. Glue onto rectangular surface.

  2. 2

    Draw two curved boat panels on another tray for the longer sides of the tray. Cut out and glue to the sides. This is your basic sailboat layout.

  3. 3

    Cut out 3 to 5-inch long right triangle-shaped sails from the cloth. Poke two holes, one at the top and one at the bottom on the long straight edge of the sail. Thread one end of the skewer through the holes. Insert the opposite end into the styrofoam plate and secure with glue or tape.

  4. 4

    Place the boat in water. Turn the fan on and watch the boat sail away.

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