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Pirates: sponge sail boats

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Today we had a go at making some lovely little pirate boats from kitchen sponges. We had great fun and a good way of introducing some science to the kids by talking about floating and sinking and wind!

To make these you will need: scissors, duct tape (we used plain black but you could buy the funky stuff!), kitchen scourer sponges, lollypop sticks.

First of all, cut the two corners of the sponge to make a kind of house shape.

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You then need to make a little slit in the middle of the sponge (might be easier with a knife) the same width as the lolly stick. This is where the mast will go.

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Overlap two pieces of duct tape, and then turn it over and tape two more pieces onto the back, so no sticky bits are showing.

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Trim it so it is nice and neat. Cut a small slit at the top and bottom of the sail and thread it onto the lolly stick.

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Your ship is ready to sail!! We added a skull and crossbone sticker to make it piratey!

We filled up our big tub with water and added in some ‘treasure’ and sailed our pirate ships (yes, I know there is a car mat underneath, couldn’t find the tarpaulin!). We used a bicycle pump to create ‘wind’ to move them along and blew on them as well. We balanced treasure and the little men from a playset on them, and it held their weight pretty well. Every so often we had to squeeze the water out of the sponge but we had great fun! Of course, it descended into splashing and wave making, and both kids needed a change of clothes afterwards, but that’s what happens with two toddlers and a big tub of water!!

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