I have memories as a kid, of sitting on the cold, saw-dusty cement basement floor of my dad’s workshop. He would be working on some project, and my brother and I would be playing with scraps. We would sand, hammer, and paint our creations, and most of the time, they would become a “boat.” I’m not sure why they always became boats – maybe because we couldn’t put wheels on anything, so a boat was the logical choice? Anyways, we had a giant box of wood scraps that my father-in-law sent home with us for kindling in our fire pit, and I thought that our boys should do the same thing!!
Through a combination of hammering and wood glue, they stuck their creations together. They enjoyed the sanding part – going from a rough, splinter-y wood to a very smooth, soft finish! Then we painted. Unfortunately I forgot that since these were boats, that I should have used only acrylic paint (and some of the colours were tempra paint). So the first time they tried them in the water, the bright colour came off. Other than that, they were thrilled with the results!
Such a fun craft that the kids can be so proud of!
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