Ships, ferries, arks, yachts, tankers and tugs – yes, it’s Boat Week!
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Boat Art and Crafts
I cut out some photos of boats from one of my husband’s sailing magazines. Then I put various shades of blue construction and tissue paper through the shredder. I spread glue all over a piece of white cardstock and invited F to add the shredded paper.
Then we added the boat photos to the “water”.
I painted F’s foot red (it always tickles him so we do this in giggles) then made a print on white card. I glued the footprint to some blue construction paper and added a red craft stick for a mast and triangles cut from a white plastic grocery bag for the sails.
I wanted to make a homemade boat with F and we got rather carried away – we made FIVE boats!
Seagull Sailor Papercraft
Despite requiring 37 different parts to make this rowing seagull toy from Canon Creative Park, I just couldn’t resist! This is definitely a craft for adults to make but it is SO awesome!
When you push the boat back and forth the seagull “rows”! I don’t have a video but you get the idea on the Canon site.
We couldn’t cover all things boat without featuring a pirate galleon! See here for our craft and lots more pirate activities.
Taking a toddler on a sailboat is not a calm and relaxing experience, but F did fairly well! He loved looking around and was very intrigued by the water… I just wish he hadn’t wanted to throw himself in it so often!
We are lucky enough to have a boat-themed playground near our house. There are two main climbing areas with many slides, bridges and even a crow’s nest! There is also a boat-shaped sandbox.
Boats by Byron Barton
This cute book has eye-catching illustrations and features a rowboat, sailboat, motorboat, cruise ship and many more.
Busy Boats by Tony Mitton
The rhyming text of Busy Boats flows really well and is great to read.
Tiny Rockers: Boat by Justine Smith
The boat on the front cover of this book rocks from side to side. The pages inside contain a textured sail, a houseboat flap, shiny sea and a sliding motor boat.
Boat Kindle Apps
Animals’ Boat for toddlers
This is a super simple app – with animals lurking in the portholes of an ark-type boat. When you press them they pop out and make a noise – it really makes F giggle! It can be a little bit slow to load but is currently free, so I don’t like to complain!
Build a Ship with Kate and Harry
This app does what it says on the tin. You chose either the Kate or Harry character, then several options for building the boat are presented. Then the boat sails along for a while. F only plays with this for a little while at a time, but creates some very intriguing boats!
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