Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys {Day 28}: Make a Homemade Sailboat

Day 28 Make a Homemade Boat Simple Outdoor Adventures for Boys

How to Make a Homemade Sail Boat…


  • Log or Flat Piece of Wood
  • Stick
  • Sail (Leaf or Square Piece of Cardboard)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Body of Water

how to make a homemade boat with a log

This outdoor adventure was a lesson in simple over complex.  Brad had a master plan in his head for a homemade boat made from string, sticks that were balanced perfectly, and a sail made from a giant leaf.  And while it LOOKED impressive, it didn’t sail long before it capsized and sunk.

how to make a homemade sailboat

Our second attempt, was a tad more simplistic, made with tree bark and a similar sail. 

make a homemade sailboat with bark and sticks

However, our sail proved to be too heavy for the bark, and after a quick float, it too fell over.  

 boy adventures making a homemade sailboat

After nearly giving up, we decided to give an even more simpler idea (my own) a try.  ;)  Our third and final attempt was constructed from a log, which we drilled a hole threw with needle-nosed pliers. We placed a stick (a plastic yard post) in the centered hole, and attached a small square of cardboard for the sail. 

homemade sail boat instructions

She sailed like a dream across the pond,  proving once again that it doesn’t have to be complicated to be functional! =)   


  Helpful Tips/Resources:

* Check your materials to see if they float well first before constructing the entire boat. 😉

* A little wind will go a long way in pushing your homemade boat across the water.

* Making more than one boat and having a race would be another great idea!

Have you ever tried making a homemade sailboat? 

This post is linked at The Better Mom

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