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Make a leaf raft

Celebrate World Maritime Day

Activity time: 20 minutes

Before we had planes, boats were the main way to travel over water. Today, they still help move things like food, clothing and toys across the ocean. 

Make a boat from leaves and sticks to celebrate everything to do with oceans and boats.  

Test your boat to see if it floats. 

You’ll need:  

  • twigs or small sticks   
  • a few pieces of long grass  
  • flowers and leaves 
  • anything else you’d like to decorate.


You are now ready to set sail. For more of a challenge, gather some bark, leaves and twigs and make your own designs. If you live near a river or wetlands that has flowing water, you might like to make two rafts and have a race. Which design goes faster?  

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