Today we decided to enter the Tots100 Center Parcs challenge (although to be fair we decided to do this at the weekend and the heavens opened as soon as we opened the door to the craft cupboard) which meant that we had to build a boat and then sail them.
I was torn between taking over the making over the boats so that they would at least float for a few minutes and I had visions of a lovely one made of pastel coloured paper with a lovely floral Cath Kidston sail but in the end, I decided to let the kids do their own thing.
Which is why we ended up with two bright looking crafts that looked like they would sink on impact with the water….
Much to our surprise, they actually didn’t sink straight away – one of them sailed away a little down the river and the other one managed a good 90 seconds at the side of the river before it started to wobble precariously….
Unfortunately, the wobbling was too much for Master Frugal’s little boat and the inevitable happened after a few minutes….
The other boat was on a roll by this point and was sailing off down the river into the distance….
It was at this point that we remembered that we didn’t have anything to fish the boat out of the river with and we really didn’t want it to float off in case any animals got stuck in it and sailed out to sea or anything disastrous like that. We all hunted around for a big enough stick to pull it close enough to us to fish it out but as we found one, we looked down the river a little to see where tho boat had got to and saw three little terrors pulling our boat out and running away with it.