Yesterday was not a fun day in my house. I have an exhausting cold and it got the better of me. The weather was crappy, so I kept my toddler and myself inside. By 3:00, he was getting into everything he’s not supposed to. Usually when that happens I give him a bath. He can splash and swim and use up some of that energy in a contained space. But he didn’t want a bath. He was adament. So, during a time out, I desperately looked around for a way to entice D into bath.
Boats! Boat races. Aha!
I don’t have any boats.
What can I use to make boats?
Time out was over, so D helped look around his room. There was an empty pacifier container. (I admit to sloppy housekeeping. One of the many things on my list to improve)
We chose ribbon. Got glue. Wrapped the ribbon around the top of our boats:
For the sails, I had some scraps of cardstock. In retrospect this was not the best choice. You may prefer a straw or chopstick with a triangle fabric sail. I was in a hurry and couldn’t think of how to make that work. I cut the paper to about 4″ x 2″. Folded down the middle. Cut about 1″ along the fold line.
Fold the edges up.
Glue the inside folds.
Press down into the middle of the boat.
Let them dry.
Run a bath and pop them in.
It only took a minute for D to come
play. He even brought captains!