Sail Into Summer With Ice Cube Boats



These ice cube sail boats make a fun activity with very little mess, and you can use the leftover supplies from your latest summer picnic.

You need: a plastic cup, bendable straw, tape, paper, scissors, hole punch

First bend your straw and tape the short end to the bottom of your cup. (You might need to trim the straw to make it fit properly.)

Fill the cup with water and let it freeze for a few hours.

After it has frozen, run water on the outside of the cup to loosen the ice.

Cut a sail from construction paper and use a hole punch to make two holes for the straw.

Ahoy matey!


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32 Responses to “Sail Into Summer With Ice Cube Boats”

  1. Brenda Ponnay
    Brenda Ponnay Jun 02 at 7:01 pm Reply Reply

    clever! and great photography too!

  2. ellen Jun 03 at 10:44 am Reply Reply

    Just adorable – I’ll be trying this for sure.

  3. Carol F. Jun 15 at 12:54 pm Reply Reply

    These are very cute and fun to make. Thank you for posting! Yours turned out better than ours, though. The sails tipped really easily. How many inches up did you fill the water? Maybe we did them too shallow, now that I think about it.

  4. Keith L Jun 23 at 3:32 pm Reply Reply

    Perfect for YMCA Indian Guides with the younger kids.  Need those easy to do crafts.

  5. Jenna Jun 27 at 1:24 pm Reply Reply

    tee hee! I love this! Such a cute idea and it melts away! Thanks :)


  6. Tonia @ The Gunny Sack Jun 27 at 1:58 pm Reply Reply

    Fabulous!! My kids are going to love these!

  7. Lori Jun 28 at 5:33 pm Reply Reply

    Really, really love this idea. So clever and yet so easy! Thanks for the inspiration for our summer bucket list. I linked back to your post here:

  8. Swati Jul 22 at 4:15 am Reply Reply

    What fun! Got me thinking of trying toothpick sails in regular ice cubes :)


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