How to Make a Mini Steam Boat

This is a simple project that you can make with your kids.
This is a simple project that you can make with your kids.

Before our kids are sent off to school, the home is their first place of learning. This is why when they were toddlers, I made sure that there were lots of educational toys in the house. As they grew up, their screen time was limited, too – and always after reading a book.

Here's what you need: a brick of wood, a candle, and a pipe - that's it!
Here’s what you need: a brick of wood, a candle, and a pipe – that’s it!

Today, my youngest is fascinated with boats. His grandparents encourage his interest by buying him anything boat-related – toys, books, room decors. My husband, on one hand, wanted to turn his fascination into a learning activity. Fortunately, he found one.

The DIY project is for a mini steam boat with candle. The fire from the candle, it turns out, propels the boat to move by heating the pipe. It was a very meaningful learning experience for my youngest son and he loved it! This is a simple project that you can do with your kids.

Materials:

  • Small wooden brick
  • Tea light candle
  • Small metal pipe

Tools:

  • Pencil
  • Wood-cutting tool
  • Drill with drill bits

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A special thanks to Crazy Experimenter for this project. Watch his tutorial video below.

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