Monday, November 10, 2008

Twice the Fun Tuesday: Shipwreck in a Bottle

Here is something fun you and your kids can make from things you probably already have in the house. Here is what you need:

A jar (I used an old sesame seed jar)
A toothpick
Oil (baby oil is best, because it is clear, but I used vegetable oil and it worked fine too)
Food coloring
Paper and cardboard
Packing tape
Super glue

1. Wash the jar and remove sticky stuff from outside with goo-gone if necessary.

2. Fold a piece of cardboard in half and cut a little boat shape out of it. Use your scissors to cut a little hole in the bottom of the boat.

3. Cover the front and back of a small piece of paper with packing tape and cut a small sail shape out of it. Use your scissors to cut two small holes along the flat vertical edge of the sail.

4. Poke the toothpick through the hole in the boat and holes in the sail. Trim toothpick with scissors. Now you have your little boat.

5. Fill the jar part way up with water. (I actually filled mine a little too high- you want there to be enough room for the boat to stand up straight even when the jar is on its side)

6. Drop some blue food coloring into the water. Drop your little boat in the water. It should float upright. Fill the rest of the jar with oil. Make sure you fill all the way to the top so that there are no air bubbles.

7. Apply super glue to the rim of the jar or to the lid. Screw lid on tightly.

Watch your little ship bob and dip on the stormy seas!

For more great tips today, head on over to the Tuesday Tip Jar!Do you have an everyday item that you have put to new use? Please feel free to post a link to it here. I would be so thrilled to see your idea- even if it's a simple one. You don't have to link back to this site (although it would be great if you wanted to). I only ask that the link be family-friendly and that you link directly to the post and not some other place on your website.

6 comments:

Ali said...

What a nifty craft idea. My son is only 7mo, but I am already starting to look for fun and creative craft ideas for us to do at home. Thanks for the tip!

Rebecca said...

This is so cool!! I just know my son would get a kick out of making this - thanks for sharing!

Happy Tuesday!
:)
Becki@BlogMommas

Amy said...

This is a good one...I will have to do that with my boys! Thanks!

Kirsty said...

Hi!
I followed your comment on my blog over here. What a great site! You are so talented and creative, I can't wait to explore more. I did post my link, thank you for the invitation :)

Rebecca said...

This is so cool!! I just know my son would get a kick out of making this - thanks for sharing!

Happy Tuesday!
:)
Becki@BlogMommas

Ali said...

What a nifty craft idea. My son is only 7mo, but I am already starting to look for fun and creative craft ideas for us to do at home. Thanks for the tip!