April 20, 2020
Rubber Band Powered Boats
Build a rubber band powered boat for your pool, sink or bathtub! Four different projects for builders of all ages
This week we thought you might enjoy some of these rubber band propelled boat tutorials. These are simple to make and fun to use in the sink, bathtub, or any other source of water that’s handy. They can be made from a range of materials – soda bottles and cardboard or popsicle sticks and hot glue. Check out the links for some inspiration, but don’t worry if you don’t have all the exact same materials – as long as you have rubber bands, you can use whatever’s in your recycling bin and a little extra creativity! And please don’t forget to ask an adult for help with any cutting or hot-glueing.
This first one only requires cardboard, tape, scissors and a rubber band.
This one is a little more challenging, and requires a hot glue gun. We like the spoon prop! Maybe try attaching a keel to see if you can get it to go in a straight line if you try this one at home.
This one requires more tools, but it looks super speedy! You will need an adult who can help you with the cutting and carving, sandpaper and hot glue to build this one
Finally, here’s the most complex side-wheel steamer (bander?) we could find! Maybe try adapting the paddle wheels to a milk carton or soda bottle hull at home?