Ahoy there, mateys! With just a few recycled objects from your home, you can build and sail a pirate ship and a sailboat of your own!
What You Need
- Plastic bottle cap (for the sailboat)
- Lightweight cardboard (for the sailboat)
- Clean, empty milk carton
- Modeling clay
- Craft paint
- Paper towel tube
- Drinking straws
What You Do
- For the Pirate Ship:
- Lay the milk carton on its side. Using scissors, carefully cut off the entire top piece and discard. Tape the spout closed so it looks like the bow of a boat.
- Paint and decorate the inside and outside of the carton.
- For the sails, cut out two rectangles from the paper towel tube. Paint a skull and crossbones on each one, as shown, or add any other design you like.
- For the flags, cut out two triangles from the leftover paper towel tube and then paint them.
- Tape or glue a sail and flag to each straw.
- Place some modeling clay around the bottom of each straw. Press down to “glue” the straw masts in the carton so they’re standing upright.
- For the Sailboat:
- Follow steps 1, 2, and 4 above.
- For the sails, cut two triangles from lightweight cardboard. Paint as shown, or add any other design you like
- Tape or glue the sails and a flag to the straw.
- Follow step 6 above.
- Paint a plastic bottle cap to look like a life preserver. Once dry, glue to the side of your boat.
Craft by Michele Reyzer; photos by Mark Godfrey.
This activity originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.