Boat Building on World Maritime Day

Shipping

Each year at the end of September people across the globe celebrate World Maritime Day. Different countries observe this ‘day’ on a variety of dates. That said, most fall sometime during the last week of September. In honor of the maritime industry, show your child the benefits of shipping by building your own boat. Use the mini seafarer to ferry mock ‘goods’ in the bathtub or the kitchen sink!

Materials:

  • 1 plastic soda bottle
  • Scissors
  • 1 plastic straw
  • Modeling clay
  • Streamers

Instructions:

  1. Position the bottle horizontally.
  2. Cut the bottle in half, making the bottom of the boat.
  3. Roll a dime-sized ball of clay. Push the clay down into the bottom of the boat (on the inside of the bottle).
  4. Tear or cut two or three 6-inch pieces from the streamers.
  5. Tie the streamers near the top of the straw.
  6. Press the bottom of the straw into the clay to make a sail or a flag. This won’t help the boat float, but will add a decorative touch to the design.

Gently put the boat in the water (use a tub, sink or even your child’s wading pool). Set it floating from one end of the ‘ocean’ to another. Always supervise your child during this and all water activities.



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