craft stick boat

Make a boat and watch it zoom! The following instructions are for a simple boat. Jazz it up with things you find around the house.

To make a moving boat you need:

  • 5 popsicle sticks
  • string
  • an elastic band
  • scissors


  1. Make a flat square out of four popsicle sticks and lash the corners together tightly with string.
  2. Break a popsicle stick in half to make a paddle.
  3. Pit an elastic band around the stern (back) end of the boat.
  4. Slip the paddle in between the elastic band.
  5. Tightly tie string on each side of the paddle to keep it in place.
  6. Wind up the paddle by turning it away from the boat.
  7. Hold the paddle so it doesn’t unwind. Put the boat in water and watch it move! The paddle will rotate around and around, pushing the water and moving the boat.

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