What child doesn’t like to play with a boat in the bathtub? How about a boat that they have helped make? One that floats really well and that they can use over and over again once squeezed out? Now add in the theme of Pirates – and you have our craft for today – an easy-to-make, and fun to decorate Sponge Pirate Ship!
This craft is appropriate for many ages of kids. The younger the child, the more prep you will need to do, but kids of all ages can participate in choosing colours, decorating sails and naming the ship – and best of all – sailing the ship at bathtime (or outside!).
Because this craft was entered into Advil’s 2014 Kids’ Craft Video Contest – you can learn how to make one with your child by viewing our YouTube video. It’s very child-friendly and full of piratical fun! (and stars myself, my husband as “Pirate Pete” and my son, Onetime!) – or you can read the instructions below.
Supplies for the Voyage:
* 2 large car/boat sponges
* 2 x 12″ wooden craft sticks
* a BBQ skewer to poke holes in sponges
* 1 sponge paint dabber for a crow’s nest
* a couple different colours of fun foam for sails
* a permanent marker/s to decorate
* scissors, stapler, and glue gun (optional)
* rick rack, gold material, sequins etc. for decorating (optional)
- Cut one of the sponges in half for the top deck of the ship.
4. Have your child decorate the sails and flags with permanent marker or fun foam shapes or whatever else you like. If your child wants to use fun foam shapes to decorate, I would strongly advise using a glue gun or stapler to help them stick permanently.
If you want to make the ship even more seaworthy, add some hot glue between the sponges and to help keep the masts in and the flags on. Not necessary – but worth it. My son has been playing with his ship for almost a year now and it shows no signs of falling apart!
These ships float really well and can be used over and over again as long as they are squeezed out after use. Onetime had a blast with his – as did the four kids in the pictures (aged 3 to 10).
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Happy Sailing Landlubbers!
A big thanks to the Australian Summer Reading Club for including us in their Summer 2014 issue! If you’re an Aussie – check them out!