We had a few first attempts following the not so scientific approach of:
- look up how to make a boat on the internet (not a peer reviewed site)
- attempt to follow instructions
- become massively confused
- end up with something which looks enough like a boat to be called a boat
- poke the middle bit up in a haphazard fashion in an attempt to make it float
- and repeat
This was our final product, complete with gingerbread man passenger. Very Mardi-Gras!
All that was left was to set the boat free. We dragged a friend along to take the pictures, to prevent an unpleasant watery accident and let the boat go. I was amazed! We shouted "bye bye gingerbread man!" as he sped off along the river and under the little thatched cottage on a bridge. Squiblet and I went running after it with me keen to ensure we were channeling excitement at the gingerbread man's adventure rather than horror at his loss! I couldn't believe my eyes when he appeared out the other side of the bridge and kept going until he was finally stopped by a branch. He must have travelled at least 50 meters! We make a good team, Squiblet and I! My friend suggested next time we try building a raft out of sticks...watch this space!