We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon sailing cucumber boats.
Have you ever made one? They are so simple to make. Slice a cucumber length-wise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Traditionally they are filled with flowers or other found natural items, but my kids decided to make their own sails out of wooden chopsticks and paper.
You will also need a place to sail them. A stream is the ideal place.
Once you have made your boats to your satisfaction, (and you can be as creative as you like)...
just set them in the water and watch them float.
Sometimes they will float away and you can't retrieve them.
But other times, they get stuck on rocks or get washed ashore. If that happens, you can get them and set them sailing again.
Sometimes you get to set them sailing again and again.
It is fun each time you sail them.
You never know how the currents will take them. It is fun to see where they go each time.
You can also make them out of zucchini or other squash. It is a great use for squash when you have too many.
Originally published Aug 5, 2012