Jonah Lisa Land had a great post on cork boats, and I knew we had to try them! I set up a special, impromptu playdate with a couple of art class pals, at the only park I could think of with a small stream.
To save time, I glue-gunned the corks together and inserted the screw eyes. The kids did the string, the mast and the sticky foam sail (they didn't want to hunt down a leaf for the sail). Not that stellar in terms of participation, but I wanted them to focus on the floating.
Only the "floating" bit was a little pathetic. We couldn't hike far enough to check out the stream, and the dog-walkers coming from that direction didn't think it was running, anyway.
So the kids dragged the boats through the Los Angeles dried desert sand. Cue cartoon sad trumpet.