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What is it about boats and kids? My kids are fascinated by them each time we’re near the ocean or lake. Maybe they can sense the excitement of sailing away and going on a big adventure. Or are mesmerized by the pretty sails and bobbing of the water below. Boats and ships are as fun to make on land as they are to watch on water. Take a look at these delightful boat crafts you can make with the kids. From creative sails using recycled materials to the cutest miniature walnut boats, or rustic driftwood versions – there’s a boat here to suit your little captain at sea.

Balloon Sponge Boat (via The Craft Train) Let kids blow into a balloon to power their own fun sponge boat to make their own bath toy.

Fairy Boats (via Little Monster) Scavenge some twigs and leaves and make sweet little boats fit for any fairy.

Driftwood Boats (via Alisa Burke) These rustic boats have a natural feel to them from the driftwood and the pretty watercolor sails double as a fun art project.

Ice Cube Boats (via She Knows) Cool off with these easy ice cube boats – a great outdoor summer craft.

Cork Boats (via Kate’s Creative Space) Save your corks and make these bright and fun miniature boats. I love the vibrant paper sails on these.

Recycled Boat (via Mollymoo) If you have kids, chances are you’ve got plenty of empty milk cartons to play with. Transform them into fun recycled boats to inspire stories of the sea.

Walnut Shell Boats (via Twodaloo) Get the little ones excited about coloring in the sails for these adorable little walnut boats.

Paper Boats (via Craft and Creativity) These paper boats can be made with different colored patterned papers. Fill them up with treats or string them together to make a cute garland or mobile.

Egg Carton Boat (via Life At The Zoo) Here’s another fun and easy recycled boat that uses egg cartons. So cute and creative!

Bottle Boat With a Motor (via hello, Wonderful) Recycle water bottles and turn them into cool motorized sailboats! A great bath time toy as well.

Check out tons more creative crafts and projects for kids.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.