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How to Make a Toy Raft from Twigs


A picture of a girl with a toy raft

Help your kids make a toy raft that really floats.

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Let your kids make their own toy raft from twigs they collect on a nature walk. This fun nature project isn't just for show either. The raft really floats!

What you'll need to create a toy raft from twigs:

  • ­Nine to Eleven Twigs
  • String or Hemp Cord
  • Construction Paper or Felt
  • Clay or a Stick of a Gum
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Stickers, Gems, Crayons or Markers to Decorate the Sail

Cut between six and eight twigs to the same length. Place them in a row. This will become the base of your raft.

Lay a twig going the opposite direction on top of the raft's base at one end and another on the other end of the raft. These twigs are the raft's supports.

Secure the raft with the string. Weave the string over and under until the twigs are tightly bound together.

Cut a sail shape out of construction paper or felt. Mark half an inch from the top and bottom and make small holes for a twig mast to slide through the sail.

If you're using construction paper, before you slide the twig through, let your child decorate the sail. Glue gems, color the page, use stickers or simply use the solid color of the construction paper for your sail.

Now slide the twig through the construction paper or the felt. You have a sail and a mast.

Anchor the mast by pushing a piece of clay into the middle of the raft and then pushing the mast into the clay. Or, you can also let your child chew up a piece of gum and press that down into the base of the raft instead, followed by the mast to anchor it.

Once it dries, the gum is a lighter weight. It's also a good way to prevent a little brother from playing with the raft because of the ick factor.

The raft will float so find some water and start playing. Take it to a pond or put it in the bathtub.

Just make sure your toy raft doesn't sail too far away. But if it does, this project is so economical and easy to make, simply put another one together. You can even make an entire fleet!

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