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juice box boats

My kids are always playing their own version of the game "Sink or Float". We fill up a plastic bin with water in the backyard and they run around looking for things to test. For example: buttons, postcards, leaves, rubber bands, small rocks, popsicle sticks, keys, bouncy balls, pez dispensers, etc.

Did you know juice boxes float? Turns out they make excellent little boats. If you read Parents magazine, you may have already seen these boats in their August issue.

To make your own juice box boat, follow these easy steps. 1. Cover an empty juice box's straw hole with tape. 2. Cut a 4" high by 3" wide triangular sail from a Tyvek envelope (I used an old USPS Priority Mail envelope). Decorate the sail with colored tape and make a little flag. 3. Push a small wooden skewer through both sides of the box so that it sticks out underneath about an inch or so. 4. Use tape to attach your sail to the skewer.

We've made several versions of these boats this summer. We take them down to the little creek that runs through the regional park nearby and see how far they can sail without tipping over. (If your boat seems especially tippy, cut a narrow slit in the top and slide in a few pennies.) Happy sailing!

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I love this project. I hope it's OK that I've blogged about it and used one of your images, please do let me know if not.

09.1.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

What a great thing for kids! Thanks for sharing this fab idea!

too cute!

09.15.2009 | Unregistered Commenterchelsea

Stumbled on your blog today. How adorable! What a great idea!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

02.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

We loved this idea and used it at our most recent book launch. Thank-you!


03.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin and Judith

I love the idea. Kids drink boxes of milk everyday and through them right away. We can them and make a boxes race for bath time. ^_*
Thank you!

06.1.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinny Le

I love this! So cute. I'm going to have to try this with my nephews!

06.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

We've been making newspaper boats from curious george all weekend, and have wooden cousins in the queue. These look like a great, fun addition to the line-up!

06.27.2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Simple. Green. Perfect.

02.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEduardo Suzuki

We all are here to see these things happened easily.

09.28.2017 | Unregistered Commenterwugiquza

Thanks for sharing! great for me.

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