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Kids Craft – Cork Boats

| July 14, 2010 | 17 Comments

I really wanted to review some lovely books about grandparents, because today we had a lovely day at Opapa’s house (Opapa = Grandpa in Austrian). We went there to hang out whilst The Englishman studied for some exams.

We arrived, expecting, Opapa, sunshine, a sandpit and a blow up pool. We went away having Gotten Crafty unexpectedly!!!

We have no Grandparent books, but Zoe at Playing By the Book reviewed a whole bunch of fabulous sounding ones here. We have two on order and will have to wait on Mei Mei for Christmas, as it is a little more expensive.

But this is what we made:

cork boats cork boats

I recommend the catamaran configuration as the one cork configuration even with “stabalizers” toppled a little. I poked holes with the toothpicks and broke it in half to connect the corks. (Red Ted spent most of the day without clothes on, so, I am sorry, no photos of Red Ted playing with the boats or Opapa!!!)

cork boats

And then Opapa found some Christmas Stamps and Red Ted got stamping (only an Opapa gets out Christmas Stamps in July!!). We will be coming back to these stamps shortly!!

Tell Me About The Sea

Once home, we revisited an old favourite of Red Ted’s: Tell me about The Sea, by Justine Smith. We have two books in the series and also have Tell me about Baby Animals. When he was a little younger he preferred Baby Animals (which Pip Squeak adores right now aged 8mths). Now I think he prefers The Sea (2.5yrs). But they are both lovely books – nice simple images with things to “do” on every page (count, find, look), some nice shiny surfaces to touch, as well as some flaps to lift towards the end. Lovely for them. Lovely for you and a little education on the side! Tell me about The Sea has a page all about boats. Big ones and little ones. Fast ones and slow ones. Even some sailboats. Perfect.

What boats have you made with your kids?

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  1. Lvoe the cork boats! I’ms saving mine for a cork board but I may just be able to part with a few for cute boats!

    Visiting from TILT

  2. Very nice! It would be perfect to float down the little creek outside our library.

  3. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    The boat is a great way to celebrate Christmas in July.

  4. Michele says:

    a great idea for a summer day with little ones!

  5. Chris says:

    I’m adding cork boats to our ‘things to do this summer list’, thanks!

  6. J. Hill says:

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  7. Super cute… I will have to remember this for next time we drink wine… Save the Cork. What a fun little kid activity. Thank you for linking to It’s Stinkin Cute Craft Thursdays!

  8. What a great idea, I love it!

  9. What an adorable idea! My little guy would love these for the pool. TFS Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Sandrine says:

    Love the catamaran! I think I’ll take a few corks with us to the beach next week – Yes, I know it sounds like a good excuse to drink too much wine, but in Turkish hotels we usually drink beer! There’ll be no shortage of toothpick though.

  11. The cork boats are great – so simple yet fun! Thanks for sharing the idea! Visiting from Tot Tuesdays.

  12. Amy says:

    OH this is a great idea and post. What a fun way to learn.. THanks for linking up with us this week..

  13. imtopsyturvy says:

    What a fun summer idea! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s! It’s because of great idea’s like your that the link parties are so much fun!

  14. Bridgette says:

    Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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