Making BOATS From Recyclables

I‘ve never seen my kids get so excited over an activity that costs so little and requires ZERO prep on my part  (other than saving recyclables).   You don’t need a pool-  just a bathtub or a bin with water, or a stream (what I used when I was little).  Perfect for 4-10 year olds, but even Tess (at age 2) got excited over her little boat. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Recyclables: i.e. Milk cartons, takeout containers (holla CPK!), egg cartons, plastic bottles, cardboard
  • Duct tape: bonus points for fun colors like pink or green
  • Popsicle or Craft Sticks (not necessary) but come in handy

QUICK RECAP
Anything that holds liquid (milk carton, water bottles) serves as buoyant base. Egg cartons are excellent seats for little people.  Fun colors of cardboard make for really great sails and flags.  Attach a string to pull your boat along.  Rip off the tape before re-recycling – although Ford insisted on keeping his submarine and is still playing with it 2 months later…



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.