When you are spending time with a child during the hot summer months, you can make the day more enjoyable and fun by providing your child with a toy that can be used outside in a stream or creek. Consider making whimsical boat out of Popsicle sticks that can actually be floated down a stream of water. This enables you to spend quality time with your child while making the boat, as well as testing its seaworthiness.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
- Pruning shears
- Waterproof latex paint
Push a hot glue stick into a hot glue gun, and plug the hot glue gun into an outlet to heat up for 10 minutes.
Place four Popsicle sticks side by side vertically onto a flat surface, such as a table top.
Squeeze a line of hot glue in between each of the Popsicle sticks, then press the sticks together and hold them in place for one minute. This will enable the glue to harden and will create a tight seal in between the Popsicle sticks.
Squeeze a line of hot glue down both long sides, and press a Popsicle stick vertically along both sides. Position the sticks so that they are angled out at a 120 degree angle on either side. Hold the sticks in place for one minute.
Cut four Popsicle sticks in half using pruning shears, and hot glue the sticks together in two sets of four half sticks. Hold the sticks in place for one minute to harden.
Squeeze a line of hot glue along one side of one of the sets, and press it against one side of the other set. Position the sets so that they are at a 45-degree angle, and hold them in place for one minute. Squeeze hot glue along both sides, and press the section onto one end of the boat. This will be the front of the boat.
Repeat to create a second section like the one on the front of the boat, then hot glue it into the other end of the boat.
Paint the entire boat using waterproof latex paint. Allow the boat to dry for 30 minutes before placing it in water.
Tips and warnings
- Keep hot glue out of the reach of children. Hot glue can cause serious burns.
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