Float Your Boat

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Float Your Boat
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Get your child juiced about crafting with recyclables by turning an empty OJ carton into a working paddle wheel-powered sailboat.

What you'll need

  • Half-gallon juice carton
  • Scissors
  • Colored duct tape
  • 3 chopsticks
  • 2 (1 1/4- by 2 1/2- inch) pieces of thick plastic (we cut ours from a detergent bottle)
  • Rubber band
  • Plastic bag

How to make it

  1. Float Your Boat: Step 1

    Use scissors to cut a carton in half lengthwise. Cut the top from one half, then slip that half inside the other, forming a box.

  2. Float Your Boat: Step 1

    Cover the box with duct tape, attaching a chopstick to each side. For motor paddles, cut a slit halfway through the middle of each plastic piece, then slide them together, creating an X. Assemble the motor by stretching a rubber band between the two chopsticks, centering the paddle on the rubber band, and taping it in place.

  3. Float Your Boat: Step 3

    To make the sail, cut a 7-inch square from a plastic bag. Line two edges of the square with duct tape, attaching a chopstick mast to one of them, then cut the plastic into a triangle.

  4. Float Your Boat: Step 4

    Use scissors to poke a hole in the top of the boat and insert the mast. To launch the boat, wind up the paddle, set the boat in the water, and let it go.

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