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Easy DIY Motorboat
Summer has just begun and I see mommas all over social media asking for new ideas to keep the kids busy. We just got done with our county fair so that kept the local kids busy for the week. When my now 14 year old nephew was younger he would spend a week or two with us and we’d come up with fun activities for him to do.
One of his favorite activities was making motorboats and sailing them around in the water. This is an easy activity that you can do with your littles this summer!
You’ll probably have most of what you need at home already. It does require AA batteries which it seems like we’re always running out of. I swung by Walgreens on the way home to grab some Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ Batteries. We love the Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ Batteries because they’re the #1 Longest Lasting AA Battery, have a 20 year shelf life (AA/AAA only) though we tend to use them up WAY before that, and their leak resistant construction. And right now until June 30th you can earn 5,000 loyalty points when you buy an 8 pack or larger of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries with Balance Rewards at Walgreens. You must have a a Balance Rewards membership with Walgreens, but it’s free to join (online or on their app) and you can earn points every time you shop!
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We also ended up grabbing an automatic bubble blower to use as our motor. To make your own motorboat you’ll need something for the boat; an empty gallon jug or detergent jug works great. You’ll also need scissors, batteries, scrap wood, duct tape, and something for the motor. We used a bubble blower because I loved the added effect of the bubbles.
First you cut the gallon jug (or whatever you’re using for the boat base) in half. We used the half that did not have the handle.
Next we used duct tape to secure the scrap wood to the bottom of the boat. We used about 3 inches of a 2×2. This is used to weigh the center of the boat down.
Next you’ll want to cut a piece off the back of the boat to fit your motor in securely.
Then you tape down the bubble blower or whatever you’re using as a motor. We secured it down with one piece and then used the second piece to hold down the “on” button.
The result? A boat that really floats and even blows bubbles while it does it!
What other ideas have you come up with to keep your little ones busy this summer?