Ahoy mateys! Want a fun project for a "inside" day with the kids? Get out the wooden block set and build this sailboat. It's a project for little sailors of all ages. Wooden building blocks can provide your kids with an afternoon of fun that's new every time they play. So "weigh anchor" and let's get started with these simple to follow step by step instructions that will change your kids blocks into something special-a sailboat!
For this project we used our "Castle Creator" 118 piece block set
Here's the blocks you'll need for this project-
Small basic blocks-(3)2",(2)4", (4)6"
Large basic blocks-(1)2", (1)6"
Window blocks-(1)double hole window
Put (2) of the 6" small blocks on the table so they are positioned as shown below. The blocks should be
on their long edge.
Take (2)6" small wedges and place then at the ends of the 6" blocks. The angled side of the wedge is
facing up. Balance the end of the wedges on a 2" small block. Their points should be touching. The blocks
should now be roughly in the shape of a diamond.
Now in the center of the diamond you will place a 6" large block and a 2" large block laying down in
the center of your sailboat.
Now you will take (2)6" small blocks and laying them in the center of the boat going across the boat. To each
side of those pieces add a 4" small block and then a 2" small block. Finally at each end place a small
triangle laying flat at each end of the boat. This forms the deck of the sailboat.
Next put (4) of the 8" columns laying flat around the outside edges of your sailboat made from wooden
building blocks. If you have a hard time getting them to not roll off you can stick a small roll of tape underneath
Now we will add some masts and some waves in the sea.
For the masts take the double hole window block and put an 8" column in one hole and the last 6"
column in the other hold. Then place this piece in the center of the boat.
Use the arches sitting on the table with the curved side up for waves.
STEP 7-MAKING THE SAILS
Take the large triangle and place it on the table with the longest side facing up. Then add
a piece of tape to the side as shown below
Repeat this using one of the large 4" wedges.
Now you will carefully tape the triangle to the shorter mast made from the 6" column, as shown below . Then
put the 4" large wedge onto the largest mast in the same way.
The final sail is made by balancing the last 4" large wedge on top of the tallest mast.
And there you have it, a sailboat made from your wooden bulding blocks!
So come aboard, pull up your anchor, get your sea legs and have a fun day of creative play. And when you're done, you can
"capsize" your boat and start something new!
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