Kids Craft Idea | Milk Carton Boats
Summer is a great time to bust out a kids craft and science experiment all in one! I love our new Kids Craft Idea today for Milk Carton Boats. Make a sailboat, a flagship….anything your child can imagine! I made these when I was a kid, and I love that I can pass on a fun craft to my son! And just a few items from around the home (yes, that’s right….I paid absolutely $0 for this craft) means that we had our boat afloat in no time! Thank you buttermilk for expiring!
Add in some science fun as you teach your kids about buoyancy too. Here’s how to make your own milk carton boats on a budget:
What You Will Need:
- 1 Empty Milk Carton (we used quart size, but you could also do pint)
- Duct Tape/Washi Tape (colored for fun)
- Construction Paper
- Drinking Straws
- Hole Puncher
- Cut a rectangular side panel out of the empty milk carton. This side will be facing UP when carton is placed in the water
- Cover outside of milk carton in duct tape.
- Using scissors, cut the construction paper into equal fourths.
- Punch holes in top and bottom of 2 of the pieces of paper
- Thread paper through drinking straws to create sails on masts.
- Tape straws to inside of milk carton using a chevron criss-cross.
- Place boat in water and watch it float!
NOTE: If you have a smaller milk carton (like pint size), I recommend one sail and mast only. Since we had the bigger quart size, we went for a bigger boat 🙂
FYI if you’re doing the buoyancy lesson and don’t mind your boat getting wet, go for adding weight to the boat and seeing what happens.