Row, row, row your boat and see if you can make it float with these boat crafts for kids. This collection of how to make a boat ideas for kids are full of easy boat making crafts that are sea worthy…or at least bath-worthy! Kids of all ages will have fun making homemade boats.
Boats for Kids to Make…I mean build!
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!
We have found our favorite boat crafts for kids to make this summer! These DDIY boat ideas are 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!
DIY Boat Crafts for Kids
Check all these ways how to make a boat with supplies you likely already have for really fun ideas to spend a summer afternoon.
1. How To Make A Boat from Duct Tape & Sponges
Duct tape and sponge boats – the kids will love floating these around the bathtub!
2. How To Make A Paper Boat That Floats
Float a juice-box boat around the kiddy pool! What a fun, little upcycling project!
3. Craft Boats Made with Wax
You won’t believe what these sweet little wax boats are made from!
4. Build a Paper Boat Today
Send the owl and the pussy cat off to sea in this cute, little pea green boat.
5. How To Make A Boat Out Of Paper
A childhood just isn’t complete without making a simple but classic paper boat craft.
Related: Make this simple origami boat
6. DIY Cork Boat
These sparkly cork boats are so easy to make, and they look so pretty!
Great Boat Crafts for Preschoolers
7. Easy Sailboat Crafts For Kids
A simple sailboat is fun to decorate, and makes good use of your recyclables.
8. Let’s Make a Mayflower Craft
These mini-Mayflowers are the perfect for floating around in the water-table.
9. DIY Tug Boat
Make a self-propelled tug boat with a plastic container and a few simple supplies.
Kids Boat Crafts
10. DIY Canoe
Older kids will love making and decorating these tiny cardboard canoes. These boat project ideas are great for budding ship builders.
11. Let’s Build a Pirate Ship Craft
Arrrr, Matey! A sponge pirate ship makes bath-time fun. Great for kids of all ages to build a boat that floats at bathtime.
12. Traditional Milk Carton Boat Craft
Milk or juice carton boats are perfect for small stuffies to sail away in!
Oh the Many Ways to Build a Boat with Kids
13. Traditional Walnut Boat Craft
These adorable walnut boats would be fun for racing down a stream.
14. How To Make A Boat Out Of Popsicle Sticks
Personalize a simple paper row-boat complete with oars and all.
Related: Add these ideas to your nautical themed party!
15. Homemade Boat Made from a Tin Pan
Make a tin-pan sailboat and watch it float down a tin-foil river!
DIY Boat Toys Kids Can Make
16. How To Make A Cardboard Boat
This cardboard sailboat can be made in miniature or large enough for a little one to play in.
17. DIY Basket Boat
A laundry basket sailboat provides endless pretend-play opportunities.
18. How to Build a Pilgrim Boat
A fun and easy tutorial how to make a paper ship can be easily decorated to suit any nautical theme. OK, we admit that this boat is not going to float, but it is a fun boat art piece!
19. Let’s Build a Viking Longboat
This longboat may not be seaworthy, but follow along how to make a Viking longboat that you can play with on land.
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