Ship Ahoy!

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Ship Ahoy!
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

If boredom's got your kids walking the plank, let them turn a refrigerator box on its side and set sail on the waves of their imagination.

What you'll need

  • Blue tarp
  • Large appliance box
  • Blue paint and paintbrushes
  • Clothesline and sheet
  • Assorted props

Fishing trip: Bring a tackle box and wooden dowel fishing rods, construction paper fish, and worms!

Pirate ship: Grab bandannas, a stuffed parrot, eye patches, broom oars, and a map leading to secret treasure in the backyard.

Racing speedboat: Put on bathing suits, life jackets, and goggles, then rev the engine and hold on tight.

How to make it

  1. Spread out the tarp and set the box on it, on its side, underneath a clothesline. Open up -- or cut away -- the top of the box (parents can use a utility knife).

  2. Paint waves on the boat. Once the paint is dry, clip a sheet sail to the line, assemble some themed props, and it's anchors away!

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