How to Make a Chinese Popsicle Stick Boat

Updated March 23, 2017

Craft a Chinese boat out of Popsicle sticks for children to float in the sink, bathtub or pool. By making one with a wide and flat platform, similar to the ones Chinese fishermen and locals use to fish and to travel short distances between rivers, children can also place small figurines on top of it during play.

Take four Popsicle sticks, and lay them evenly and side by side on a flat surface. This will be the boat's platform.

Hold the four Popsicle sticks down, and use a pencil to draw a half-circle across one end of the Popsicle sticks.

Cut the outline off of each Popsicle stick with scissors, and glue the pieces back together in the same order. One end of the boat's platform will now have a rounded edge.

Take four more Popsicle sticks, and cut them in half so each stick is 2 1/4 inches long. This will make the base of the boat.

Glue the half-sticks underneath the boat's platform. The edges of the half-sticks should line up where the platform's half-circle begins.

Create a small indention in the middle of the platform, between the second and third Popsicle sticks, to insert another stick that will stand upright for the flag post. The Chinese boat is now ready to float on water.


Cut a small rectangle from construction paper, and draw a picture on it to glue to the standing Popsicle stick. This will be the boat's flag.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
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