(Tiny) Raft Making

August 14, 2015

This is a great little activity to do. All you need are some twigs, string, and water…

Tiny Raft Making

Tiny raft making is a really simple activity that you can do any time of year and doesn’t require a lot of preperation and large groups of people. You can easily incorporate it into a walk or on a visit to a local stream. Could also be a good activities to entertain your kids if you are camping near a stream.

All you need is some sticks and string for a basic raft.

You can of course add accessories like a leaf for the sail, and put natural materials like acorn shells or walnut on your raft for a ride.

If you find some clay, you could create some little people or animals  to board your raft.

You will need:

  • 4 to 8 fairly straight sticks.
  • Tie a piece of string around each end of the sticks. Leave two long ends.
  • Add one stick at a time, tie the sticks as closely as possible.
  • On the final stick double knots are required to finish.
  • Then test it on the water.

We had a lot of fun making the raft. It really inspired my youngest’s creativity and imagination.

He made a little anchor from a twig and tied it on and was very pleased with his creation so much so that we had to carry it carefully home to show Dad!

Tiny Raft with Anchor

This activity opens up a whole range of play, creating the rafts, having races to see whose can travel downstream the quickest. Get them to see what materials float best.

We thought they would look lovely in the dark with a tea light. That’s something we’ve not tried yet, but going to give it a go.

This idea can be adapted in so many ways. How do you like to make rafts? We would love to hear your ideas.

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Mum to three kids and loves getting out and about with them. Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy getting out and about with their kids. You can often find Shell on Twitter @GetOutKids.

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