Milk Carton Sailboat 

This is a fun craft that actually floats - Mikhyla and Scarlett both had a lot of fun playing outside in tubs of water with their boats over the summer!


  • 1 small milk carton
  • stiff card
  • coloured contact
  • pipe cleaners
  • polystyrene


  • Cut milk carton in half - one milk carton can be used for two children.
  • Glue a small piece of polystyrene in the base - this will hold the pipe cleaner sail.
  • Cut out a 8 cm square piece of cardboard.  Decorate (we did this by cutting out shapes from the coloured contact).  Cover with two pieces of coloured contact 10cm square.
  • Punch a whole in the top and bottom middle of the sail.  Thread pipe cleaner through and stick into the polystyrene.
  • (optional)  Use craft sticks or pipe cleaners to create people to place in the boat.
  • If you are game(!) allow the children to float their arks in a tub of water as you tell the story.  Alternatively, use a large piece of blue fabric or a tarpaulin instead.  See Little Boat:  Interactive Storytelling for more ideas.

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