Make mini boats to float or race with recycled water bottles!


  • two empty water bottles (caps on)
  • duct tape (we used two different colors)
  • scissors
  • thin cardboard
  • action figures/dolls (optional)
  • a big container (optional)


    • water boat longCut out a small rectangle from your cardboard and cover it in duct tape.


    • Tape the two water bottles side by side to the bottom of the cardboard.


    • Cut out a triangle and cover that with duct tape as well. We used a different color for this, to add flair.


    • Tape the triangle to the top of the cardboard boat, making a fin or sail.


    • Fill a container (or bathtub) with water.


    Then float your boat! We added some action figures and dolls and set sail. If you live by a small river or creek, you can set sail there, too.

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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