Make A Mini Canoe

30 Minutes | Scouts,Explorers | Indoors

Create a mini canoe



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Make A Mini Canoe

30 Minutes | Scouts,Explorers | Indoors

  • 3 flexible green sticks, 30cm long and about 1cm thick
  • Broad flat leaves
  • Thinner green sticks and twigs
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Pencil sharpener

  1. Make the basic framework by taking the three long, flexible sticks and gently bend them until they hold a curved shape
  2. Bind all three sticks together at each end with twigs or string
  3. Wrap them several times and tuck the ends back under to secure
  4. Form the shape of the canoe
  5. This is the trickiest bit! Use scissors to cut a stick to approximately 8cm and sharpen both ends slightly with a pencil sharpener
  6. Bend the stick gently until it holds a curve and then push it into the canoe
  7. The pointed ends can be pushed into the thicker stick, which should stop it slipping while you bind it in place, this forms a rib
  8. Strengthen the canoe by adding two more ribs, placing them further along the canoe
  9. If the sticks are cut to the right length, they can be held under tension in the frame without requiring binding
  10. To achieve this, cut them slightly longer and trim to fit
  11. Fill in the gaps by placing two sticks along the length of the boat and several across its width
  12. Weave them in between each other to form a strong structure
  13. Make the shell by bending leaves into the canoe
  14. Add some extra ribs to keep the leaves in place, sandwiched between the two sets of twigs
  15. Now you can test your canoe – carefully place it in water and see if it floats! If it doe

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