Although not nearly as expert or astonishing as a model ship in a bottle, this craft is a cute riff on the idea, and a version that kids can make all by themselves!
Remove any labels from a plastic water bottle and insert a funnel into the opening. Pour in about 1/2 cup sand; you can use some you’ve saved from the beach, or buy it at the craft store. Travis loved being the very important funnel holder while I poured.
Sprinkle in a few small sea shells; again, these can either be ones you’ve collected, or store-bought in a pinch. Replace the cap on the bottle.
To make a sail, pinch the bottle slightly to cut a slit in the center. Insert a wooden dowel and secure with glue.
Cut out a square from craft foam for a sail, and a triangle from the foam for a flag. Because we used sparkly craft foam, Travis didn’t add much decoration. Your kids may want to decorate their flags with markers or stickers.
Punch two holes in the “sail” and insert onto the dowel mast. Tape on the flag.
And now set sail! Although the bottle will really float in the tub or a pool, we thought it was prettier just to look at.