Let me start my new Homemade category with our most recent adventure, the Flotilla!
In the summer holidays my sister came over with her family and brought over a German book about craft projects that can be used with wind and water (Wie der Wind geschwind…), for example parachute jumpers, sponge crocodiles for the bathtub, planes, and of course several types of floating objects including boats. While I didn't make anything from the book as such, it inspired me enough to go through our 'box of boxes' (a bigger cardboard box that contains all sorts of metal containers, plastic jars, smaller cardboard boxes that seem useful for crafts) and see if we had enough stuff to build some riverworthy boats. We had tried before with simple folding boats from a sheet of paper but those soak up the water way to quickly and just sink after a while. This time I wanted something that actually stayed afloat!
I found a number of old waterproof and airtight containers that would work well as a base for larger cardboard boats. To make them last even longer I got out my box of sticky tapes and we covered the outside of our boats with those to make them more waterproof. My sister cut up an old milk bottle to get some interesting shapes which were also used. To avoid arguments I gave the two boys involved roughly the same elements to build their boats from and my sister and I did some "free form boat sculpting".
We took the finished boats to our local stream/canal in the park and with the help of a rather large stick (half a branch of a tree) that we found on the way there, we were able to retrieve the boats from bushes at the side of the canal that tried to hold on to them (evil bushes!).
Of course the boys had made some bets at whose boat would be fastest. Both of them thought my sister's boat would be sinking first – but hey, not only did it not sink, it was also leaving the other boats way behind.
At some point my sister's boat got sucked under a very low foot bridge and we thought we had seen the last of it but it came out unscathed on the other side. Phew!
In the end we decided to let some of the boats go on their own adventure but Yannick was very upset by that idea: those poor boats all on their own, and they are so beautiful!!! OK, only one was allowed freedom, the others had to be taken home.
I wonder where it got to?
(See the complete Flotilla photo set on Flickr.)