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People have been building boats for hundreds of years using branches, bark, and giant tree logs. This month, learn how to build your very own mini canoe out of natural materials and things around the house.  After your canoe is complete, watch it set sail down the South Platte River!



What You Need

  • 1 top of an egg carton (Styrofoam is best, but any kind will do)
  • Scissors
  • 3 small twigs and 1 larger twig
  • Thin pieces of bark, twigs, or leaves to cover the sides of the egg carton
  • Strong craft glue or a hot glue gun
  • 1 piece of string, yarn, or twine about 2 feet long
  • 1 piece of construction paper
  • A small ball of modeling clay or sticky tack

What You Do  
Have an adult help you cut 6 holes in the sides of the egg carton.  (3 holes in the 2 larger sides across from each other.)  Step_1.jpeg
Put a twig in each of the slits so you have 3 benches inside your canoe. Step_2.jpeg

Cover your canoe with strips of bark, twigs, or leaves and using glue.


While you’re waiting for the glue to dry, cut a big triangle out of construction paper.  This will be the sail for your boat. Have an adult help you cut holes in your sail and thread the yarn or twine through the holes.



Tie the ends of the rope to the larger stick.

Use the small ball of modeling clay or sticky tack to stand the stick upright in the bottom of the boat.



Now that your boat is finished, take an adventure to the South Platte River-it’s the perfect place for your canoe to test the waters!  Maybe Chompers and Crusher will be there too!


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mary-01.jpgCrusher's Crafts are created by SPREE staffer Mary Palumbo.  Each month Mary comes up with a new craft that can be made from household items and found objects from just outside your front door.


Look on the left column for a complete list of all the crafts!