Build a leaf boat
spring summer autumn
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.
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.