Paddle pop sticks are so handy to have around! They are the sort of building material you can plonk on a table with glue during the school holidays or the weekend and let the kids create something, anything! Boats are always a fun one because they float, and the sails work too. Below are instructions how to make a paddle pop stick raft. You can find a twig version of a raft here.
- Paddle Pop Sticks (4-8 large and 9 regular size)
- PVA glue
- Piece of paper (8cm x 14 cm)
Note: I used large and small paddle pop sicks for these boats. The large ones for the base, and the smaller ones for the deck. Only using regular sized sticks will work too.
1. Glue together 2-4 large paddle pop sticks together. You’ll need two of these for the base. Using 3 or 4 stacked on each other will bring more stability to the raft, especially with the wind (because the sails actually work and pick up the wind).
2. Lay 8 regular paddle pop stick on the top of the 2 base layers and glue in place.
3. Seperate the paddle pop sticks in the middle and glue a stick in place. Tip: glue around the entire stick on the top, and once touch dry, do the same at the base: glue around the entire circumference of the stick.
4. Allow to dry well before the next step.
5. Cut two slits in a piece of cardboard and thread on the sail stick.
Float in the bath, a big bucket or underbed storage container, local creek, the ocean or pool. The wind will catch in the sails.
You can make a peg pirate too.