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Sailing Ships

An empty drink container makes two of these hardy vessels. Use one to hold crayons at the kids' table for mealtime doodling and others to re-create the Mayflower crossing. Each child uses a drinking straw to blow into the sail and make her ship travel across the table. Hold a contest to see who can make her ship sail the farthest.


  • pint carton
  • glue stick
  • black or brown tissue paper scraps
  • gel pen
  • 6-inch drinking straw
  • tape
  • hole punch


  1. Make the hull: Cut a pint carton in half. Coat it with a glue stick, then attach black or brown tissue paper scraps. Write the ship's name with a gel pen.
  2. Make the mast: Cut a slit in one end of a 6-inch length of a drinking straw. Slide it over the hull's pointed end, tape it in place, and glue on tissue paper to cover the tape.
  3. Make the sail: With a hole punch, make a pair of holes in a 5- by 4-inch piece of paper. Slip the sail onto the straw.