Making Stick Rafts

This afternoon at Forest School, Paddington class having been busy crafting stick rafts for Prospero and Miranda to sail around the Tempest island.

We looked at stick raft designs for inspiration and ideas, then the children searched the woods to find their own sticks of a similar length and size to make the base of the raft.

Mrs Read helped with tying the knots and fixing the sticks together, another stick was then fixed to the base using masking tape by the children to create a mast. The children then selected some material to cut up and create a sail.

When complete, the children tested their raft in some shallow water to see if they would float. Some children even used the drain pipes to create a slide for the boats and rafts!

Although the rafts seemed to float ok, we are not so sure they would survive a Tempest storm!