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Simple Kid Craft: Sponge Boats

Are your kids going to be on spring break soon?  It may be hard to believe since many of you are still weathering the snow!  But, spring break IS happening…and not everyone has the funds to jump in the car and hit the tropical locale. So, what’s a parent to do with all the kids home and hours to fill?  Here’s a fun craft you can pull out of your hat when next time you hear, “I’m BORED!”

Sponge Boats from WholesomeMommy.com

If it IS actually warm where you live, you can venture out with these little boats to your neighborhood creek, lake, or pond or hit your closest state or national park for a little stream to float your boat in.  Alternatively, my kids had a ton of fun with these little boats in the bathtub. :)

Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple craft:

Making Sponge Boats from WholesomeMommy.com

I bought all the materials at Walmart.  The duct tape is in two departments at my store: the hardware and the craft department. And, we found the best selection in hardware. So be sure to check both so you can get the exact colors you want! My daughter picked polka dot tape and my son wanted a more realistic white and red sailor’s boat.

Grab the craft sticks in the craft department and the sponges in the dish soap and cleaning supplies aisle. Don’t forget you’ll need some card stock – we had some in our stash but you can get some in the office supplies at Walmart if you need some.  Also, the last thing you’ll need is a sharp cutting tool. I used this craft knife/box cutter tool that I picked up in the hardware department at Walmart for really cheap.

First step to making sponge boat craft from WholesomeMommy.com

First, cut an inch off your card stock so that its about 8 1/2 x 10.  Then, cut the card stock into 4 equal pieces {4 1/4 x 5 each}.  Wrap the duct tape around one side of the card stock sail. Then wrap another piece around the other side.  Finally, wrap a piece in an alternating color right down the middle {it will overlap the other two stripes a bit}. The tape will seal in the card stock so it will be water proof and the card stock makes it sturdier.

Sponge Boat Sail from Duct Tape From WholesomeMommy.com

Next, make a slice on either end to poke your craft stick through.

Making a Sponge Boat Sail from Duct Tape on WholesomeMommy.com

Finally, use the box cutter tool or xacto knife to cut a small slice in the middle of the sponge to poke the other end of the craft stick through.

Now your boat is ready to go!  It’ll be sure to float your boat. :)

Sponge Boat Craft on WholesomeMommy.com


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