Make boats using Styrofoam plates and bowls, big or little. We let the children decide what they wanted to use, which one they thought would float best. We let them decorate a paper sail and taped it to a straw (for the mast). Then we used tape or clay to stick the straw into the “boat”. We expanded the idea by having races, letting the class blow their boats across our water table. We all were a little out of breath at the end, but we had FUN!
Make sailor hats out of newspapers. Works fine for this and its always fun to paint them afterwards!
Popsicle Stick Boats You will need 12 Popsicle sticks (craft sticks) per child and lots of glue! Ask the child to count out 12 Popsicle sticks; lay 10 going horizontal and 2 vertical. The 2 vertical ones will be at opposite ends, laying on top of the horizontal ones. Spread lots of glue on them and lay out to dry. Once dry you can use markers or paint to decorate your boat.
Provide the child with a piece of red and yellow construction paper; make a triangle stencil out of tagboard and a 1/2 circle stencil too. The child can trace them on the paper and then cut them out to make a sail boat. Glue them down and then provide blue paint and sponges for the water.