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Twig Rafts

Twig Rafts

What You’ll Need:

  • Twigs
  • String
  • Large Leaf

Getting into the Activity

Build a mini twig raft which can sail on water.

  • Take a look around for lots of small twigs. These should ideally be of a similar length and width. You’ll need at least 8-10 twigs per raft. Remember lighter wood floats better, so take this into account when collecting twigs.
  • Line up 8-10 twigs to create the deck of your raft. These should all be of a similar(ish) length.
  • Tie the twigs together to create the deck. This is best done by tying a piece of string to one end of the first stick in the deck. Weave the string down the same end of the raft, helping to tie together all the twigs. To do this, you’ll need to weave through the sticks, making sure to come back on yourself to help keep the sticks tightly tied together. When you are happy the twigs are secure, finish with a knot.
  • Repeat step 3 with the other end of the raft.
  • To help add strength, tie two twigs to the bottom of the raft as support. You’ll want to tie them roughly at the same place as the string is. (these twigs will go the same direction as the string, but at 90° to the direction of the other twigs in the deck.)
  • Finally wedge a thin twig in the middle of the deck, sticking upwards. Find a large leaf and piece the thin twig through the leaf to create a sail.

The twig raft is now ready to sail. Either find a safe piece of shallow water in which to test out the rafts, or use a bowl of water instead. Find out which rafts float and if the sails can pick up wind to float along. You could also test the rafts by adding stones or small weights to see how well they float under pressure.

Keeping Everyone Safe

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Care should be taken around water and only small shallow areas should be used.
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