Milk Bottle boat to make and play with.
This week’s project was a very unplanned and a impromptu one. It was very much ‘make it up as you go along’ with what we could find in the house. My youngest son was of school sick most of the week with ‘tonsillitis’, so apart from lots of cuddles and watching ‘pj masks’ on the Telly at the beginning. When he began to feel better he decided he wanted to make a ‘toy boat’ (As mentioned before his two big loves our boats and superhero’s). His favourite book on his book shelf inspired the idea in his head. Result one’ Milk bottle boat’. This boat was very simple and affordable to make as it was fairly easy and pretty much free to make as the basic materials were found in our recycle bin. It then gave us a good excuse to have a bath as we needed to test it out after making it, this created lots of fun playing – even some teddies had a ride (they are still drying in the airing cupboard). If you wish to make one but don’t fancy it in your bath you could play with it in a paddling pool in the garden instead if you rather or this could be perfect for a summer day activity.
How to make a Milk Bottle boat.
Cost: Zero apart from the glue or tape. This boat was very simple and affordable to make being pretty much free to make as the basic materials can be found in your recycle bin.
Enjoyment: We had Lots of fun making and playing. However this doesn’t just have to be about making, playing – it can be linked to science if you wish.
Time: Not long to make (Approx 15 minutes), Plus lots of playing time.
You will need:
- 2 x Milk bottles (one for the main boat body and one for the sail).
- Any additional waterproof (i.e. plastic) junk modelling you might want to use.
- Tape / super glue.
- Waterproof paint, pens, or stickers to add decoration if you wish (optional).
- Carefully cut the bottle, removing the top half of the bottle to create your chosen shape for your boat. (It is easier if you poke a hole into the centre of the top of the bottle and then use the hole to cut along the sides to remove the top of the bottle).
- You can add extras to your boat by adding extra little boxes to the inside of the “boat”. We kept it simple but you could experiment. We super glued and stapled our extras in, However you could use tape.
- We then decorated the sides/ sail with stickers and permanent markers. You could use waterproof paints, Duct tape etc. Just remember the boat is going to float on top of the water, so use waterproof items if you wish it to survive and if you want your bath to remain the same colour.
- To make a sail, cut a triangle or square out of your other milk bottle. Make tiny slits along the edge making sure it is not too close to the edge or it will tear. Insert the straw into the slits, weaving from front to back.
- Make a small hole, either in your cabin or the bow of the boat then slide the straw “pole” into the hole, we used a little superglue to keep it in place (You could also use tape) If you prefer you could stick it to the side or back of your boat this is entirely up to your design team.
- Now the test to see if it floats! Enjoy having fun floating the boat in your bath tub or paddling pool!