Want to command your own fleet of ships? Make some boats from walnut shells!
You can make simple boats from walnut shell halves, modeling clay, toothpicks and small squares of paper. Press a little clay into each shell half, stick in the toothpick masts, and add the paper sails. Make different designs (or numbers) on each sail, and you’ll be able to race the boats and know who’s won. Launch the boats on a moving stream, and watch them go!
With your parents’ permission and help, outfit your little boats with birthday candles instead of masts. This might be something nice to do on your birthday! Light them, and set them out on a body of still water, such as a swimming pool, or small pond. (Make sure you collect the shells when you’re all done). Lit at twilight, these make an enchanting sight.
[Image: Courtesy of Flickr user ohnectarine]