These cute little boats can be made with or without the peg doll. Experiment with different numbers of craft sticks, foam blocks, and items placed on top for a fun STEM activity for kids.
My daughter and I made these boats before we traveled down to LA so my husband could lifeguard for the summer. We tested them to float before we added the peg doll, packed them up and brought them down to LA with us. When we took them out in the ocean they tipped! Craft fail… Boo!
I knew at that point that we needed to add two more craft sticks and two more foam blocks to make them stable in the water with the peg doll on top. Originally the peg doll sat in the middle of 4 craft sticks instead of 6. It was a great lesson in the physics of flotation for both of us!
We re-made them with 6 craft sticks and 3 foam blocks on each side and now they are a smashing success. They are fun to play with in creeks, pools, lakes, and even the ocean. My daughter even plays with them in the bath at night. 🙂
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Peg Doll Boat Craft for Kids
These boats can be made with or without the peg doll. If you don’t want to include them skip steps 3 – 6. You can substitute a simple sail, or another figure of some kind. Experiment and have fun!
Peg Doll Boat Craft Materials
- Colored craft sticks
- Foam counting blocks
- Waterproof crafter’s glue that dries clear
- Mod podge matte
- Peg dolls – This set includes everything to make this project, DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls, and Butterfly Peg Dolls, and more!]
- Watercolor paint
- Fine tip black paint pen
- Foam Brush
Peg Doll Boat Craft Directions:
Step 1 – Glue foam blocks together
- Glue two sets of three blocks together for each boat.
- The blocks I used were not an exact square – do your best to match them up correctly.
Step 2 – Glue craft sticks to foam blocks
- Place glue across foam blocks.
- place craft sticks on blocks.
- Set aside and allow to dry.
Note: Skip to step 7 if you are not including a peg doll.
Step 3 – Paint peg doll bodies
- Use the smallest peg dolls included in the set found in materials above. They are 1 and 1/4 inches tall.
- Use watercolors to easily match the craft stick colors.
- Use water to tone down the color and increase the transparency if needed.
- Don’t worry about the neck or getting close to the head. Will do that in the next step.
- Allow to dry – it should only take about 10 – 20 minutes max.
Step 4 – Paint peg doll heads
- Look at the peg doll and decide what part of the head you want to be the face.
- Paint a line from shoulder to shoulder. Don’t worry if it’s messy, you can clean it up later.
- Paint back of the head.
- Paint neck and clean up the line around the face if needed.
Step 5 – Paint faces on peg dolls
- Use a paint pen to dot a simple face as shown, or get creative and do your own thing.
Step 6 – Glue peg dolls to boats
- Place glue on the bottom of peg doll.
- Carefully glue to the middle of the boat.
Step 7 – Apply Mod Podge to boats
- Mod Podge is a top coat that seals and protects the wood. It is a finishing glue that goes on white and dries clear.
- Apply Mod Podge to boat and peg doll – don’t paint the bottom of the foam blocks – only where they connect to the boat.
- Make sure you get it into every crack.
- Use two coats if desired.
- Allow to dry.
This peg doll boat craft is easy to do with kids. The boats really float and are fun to play with in creeks, pools, lakes, and even the ocean. We recently brought them to play in the creek and had so much fun with them! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 🙂
More Peg Doll Crafts
- DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls
- Acorn Peg Dolls
- DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls
- DIY Fall Peg Doll Faries
- DIY Winter Fairy Peg Dolls