Tiny Boats (Or Missiles, If You Prefer) From Alphabet Glue

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Nice Annie was kind enough to send me a copy of the latest issue of Alphabet Glue.  Along with this issue, which is volume nine, "Glue" has a new, pretty website, where you can see some sample projects and order all the back issues.  If you have a child in your life, it's the bees knees!

Although I love looking through the book lists--all categorized by age and interest level--the Kiddo is often a bit young for most of the projects.  Except that this issue had these sweet little acorn boats that we had to try.

Envisioning an international acorn boat flotilla, I picked up the flags at a local baking shop.  Then, Saturday afternoon, I made the boats while the Kid played with and eventually tried to swallow some extra clay.  (He's getting his last few teeth, so everything is a potential chew toy right now.)  

When the weather dried up a bit on Sunday, we decided to release our tiny boats on a mud puddle at the playground.

As you can see from Great Britain, above, the first launch was successful.

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The Swiss and German boats also floated well, but those Italians just couldn't keep their boat upright.
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And then, the Kid decided that, if gently placing the boats on the water was fun, throwing them at each other like missiles would be even better!
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Again and again, he retrieved the little boats from the water, only to crash them into each other once more.
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In the end, my lovely display of international love was bombed from the water, a victim of the first rule of toddler boys--if you can choose between playing and blowing things up, blowing things up always wins!  But even though it didn't quite go like I envisioned--what craft project with a child does, really?--it was most certainly a lot of fun.