18 Boat Crafts for Kids to Make

Row, row, row your boat, and see if you can make it float!

What child doesn’t love designing, decorating and trying to float a boat a that they’ve made from scratch?  It’s just one of those classic summer activities that every kid has to try!  I’ve rounded up a collection of 18 boat crafts for kids to make this summer!  They’re easy and inexpensive, using materials you have around the home!  Your kids will love building these boats, and then the best part – seeing if they can set them afloat in a sink, pool or pond!

18 boat crafts for kids to make

Duct tape and sponge boats – the kids will love floating these around the bathtub!

Float a juice-box boat around the kiddy pool!  What a fun, little upcycling project!

You won’t believe what these sweet little wax boats are made from!

Send the owl and the pussy cat off to sea in this cute, little pea green boat .

A childhood just isn’t complete without making a simple but classic paper boat craft.

These  sparkly cork boats are so easy to make, and they look so pretty!

recycled sail boat, applesauce cup boat, plastic tug boat

A simple sailboat is fun to decorate, and makes good use of your recyclables.

These mini-Mayflowers are the perfect for floating around in the water-table.

Make a self-propelled tug boat with a plastic container and a few simple supplies.

 cardboard canoe, sponge pirate ship, milk jug sailboats

Older kids will love making and decorating these tiny cardboard canoes.

Arrrr, Matey!  A sponge pirate ship makes bath-time fun.

Milk or juice carton boats are perfect for small stuffies to sail away in!

3 homemade boats for kids to make

These adorable walnut boats would be fun for racing down a stream.

Personalize a simple paper row-boat complete with oars and all.

Make a tin-pan sailboat and watch it float down a tin-foil river!

cardboard sailboat, paper plate ship, laundry basket boat

This cardboard sailboat can be made in miniature or large enough for a little one to play in.

A laundry basket sailboat provides endless pretend-play opportunities.

A paper plate ship can be easily decorated to suit any nautical theme.

Ship Ahoy!






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Jackie Currie is a mom, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.