Build a leaf boat

Age 6+

Activity Type

outdoor play

Activity Season

spring summer autumn

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Build a leaf boat

Make a boat from leaves, twigs and bark!

Follow our simple steps to build a boat, then sail it on puddles or ponds.

  • Choose a piece of bark or curved leaf for the hull (bottom) of your boat.
  • Use mud to attach a straight stick to the hull. This will be your mast.
  • Thread a leaf or two onto the stick to make your sails.
  • Find a puddle or pond to sail your boat on.

More ideas

Experiment with leaves and bark from different trees - which tree makes the best boat?

Add cargo. Load small pebbles, nuts or berries onto your boat – does it still float, or does it sink?

Have a boat race against your family and friends! 

Stay safe: Take care near water. Always tell a grown-up what you're doing.

Leaf boats. Photo: Wojciech Kaczkowski/iStockphoto

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