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Coffee Filter Sailboats

Every other week I am in charge of 22 little 2 years olds. (Yes…22!) I like to come up with a craft for them to do that is simply and quick.  I found these Coffee Filter Sailboats when I was on line and they went perfect with the lesson we were teaching that week.  The coffee filter boats take less than 10 minutes to make depending on the amount or color they want and the kiddos loved them.

What you will need:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Tongue Depressors
  • Markers
  • Water in a Squirt Bottle
  • Paper towels

The first thing you do is have the kids color, scribble or mark all over the coffee filter with the markers.  They can use as much color or as little color as they like.  I like to have them use more color, it makes the finish product colorful. The kiddos will need two colored filters to complete the boat.

Coffee Filter Markers

Next, have your little ones use the squirt bottle and squirt the coffee filter with water.  Make sure you are watching the facial expressions of your little ones at this point, the colors begin to run and they are in awe!

Coffee Filter Water and Markers

Now, we begin the folding process, take one of the filters and simply fold it in half.  You can start folding when the filters are still wet, it actually helps them stay in shape and sometime more colors will run together.


The next fold is just as easy as the first one, fold the filter in half and then in half again.  I added a little dab of glue to the inside of the filter to keep it together.


Now, glue the tongue depressor to the middle of the construction paper.  I used me paper vertical to give an ample amount of room for the kiddos to glue the boat bottom and the sail. Next, glue the boat bottom on the low end of the tongue depressor and the sail at the top of the tongue depressors. If you look closely to the picture below you will notice the sails were glued all different ways and they turned out great!


The kiddos just loved making these Coffee Filter Sailboats, they are easy to make and only take about 10 minutes to complete.

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