I love making things with my kids when the weather gets nice outside. It allows me to spend time with them, and to make something that will keep them entertained for a while without having to hear the words, “I’m bored!” These Pool Noodle Boats are super easy to make, and can be made and enjoyed by even the youngest of little helpers.
These Pool Noodle Boats only take a few supplies, that you may even have on hand! They are fun to play with by themselves, or you can make multiple and let your kids race! They’re a lot of fun for such a simple craft, and I think my kids are going to enjoy them all summer long!
The first thing you will need to do, is cut about a 3″ length of pool noodle off for each boat you want to make. Use a ballpoint pen to poke a hole in the top of the pool noodle. This hole will be where the straw presses in for the sail.
Cut the drinking straw down to about 5″-6″ long. After you’ve trimmed your straw, cut a triangle out of the foam sheet. This triangle will act as the sail for your boat, so plan the size accordingly. You can leave everything plain, or you can decorate your boats with paint, jewels, etc. You can spend as much or as little time preparing your boats for the water as you want!
Cut a small slice, wide enough for the straw to slide through, in the bottom corner, and top corner of the sail (see the picture for reference). Slide the straw in, starting at the bottom, and run it through both holes you made. Press the straw in the hole you made in the pool noodle. There’s no need to glue it, just press it down firmly. Now you are ready to float your Pool Noodle Boats!
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