Easy to Make a Mini Steam Boat

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

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

Do you remember playing with paper boats when you were younger? They were always so much fun to race on a stream. I’m sure you have fond memories of playing with them. Even young girls would love to race a leaf boat on a stream. Paper boats are classic childhood toys that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Whether you’re racing them on a stream or just playing with them in the bathtub, they’re always a blast.

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. By providing them with opportunities to learn and grow at home, I set them up for success in school and in life.

As they get older, it’s important to continue to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. This can be done by incorporating learning into everyday activities, such as reading together, doing puzzles, or even going on hikes and observing nature. By making learning a part of everyday life, we can help our kids develop into well-rounded, lifelong learners.

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, and room decor. I think it’s great that they are encouraging his interests, and I know that he will enjoy playing with his new toys.

My husband and I had a discussion about his fascination with a particular topic. He was interested in turning this into a learning activity, and I was supportive of his idea. Fortunately, he was able to find a way to learn more about his interests. This is great for his cognitive development, as playing with boats can help him learn about physics and engineering concepts. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun!

This Do-It-Yourself project is for a mini steam boat powered by a candle. The heat from the candle’s flame turns out to be the perfect source of propulsion for the boat, by heating the pipe that contains the water. This simple project is a great way to teach the basic principles of how a steamboat works. Plus, it’s just plain fun to see the candle-powered boat in action!

This mini steam boat project was a very meaningful learning experience for my youngest son and he loved it! It’s a simple project that you can do with your kids. It was great to see him so engaged and excited about learning something new. I’m sure this experience of playing a mini steam boat will stick with him for a long time.

As you watch your child play with the mini steam boat, it is important to be vigilant in order to prevent any potential injuries. The mini steam boat uses fire to function, so there is a risk of burns if your child is not supervised carefully. Be sure to keep a close eye on them while they play to avoid any accidents.

Materials you’ll need for this mini steam boat project:

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


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

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A special thanks to Crazy Experimenter for this project. His tutorial video was extremely helpful in getting this project done. Without his help, this project would not have been possible. What are you waiting for? Go grab your materials and make a mini steam boat for your young ones!



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