Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottle Pirate Ships

This week’s challenge for summer activity fun with the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series was plastic soda bottles. I admit, this one had me stumped for a bit, but I couldn’t be happier with where we ended up. The boys were so excited and had a blast playing with their plastic soda bottle Pirate Ships.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
After washing out the soda bottles, the first thing I did was wrap them up in some colorful duct tape from my daughter’s stash (seriously, she has an entire collection).
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Once they were wrapped, I poured some rice into them so that when they went into the water, the rice would keep the boat bottom heavy and upright (I was pretty proud of myself for pulling a Sid the Science Kid with this idea).
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
The first funnel ended up being too small, so I had to upgrade to the bigger size. 

 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Next I grabbed some old fruit snack containers that had their favorite characters on them. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles worked perfectly, since they looked almost like angry pirates. Dusty Crophopper was definitely not in the pirate realm, but as the numero uno favorite these days, he’s always a win. I drew a pretty basic sail on each (VERY basic) with a Sharpie and cut them out for the pirate ship sails.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Using some little rectangle pieces of wood I had hanging out in our random craft bin, I mounted the sails onto each boat and reinforced with more duct tape. We were ready to go!
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda BottlesThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
When I brought the surprise pirate ships out to the boys, they went absolutely nuts. They knew exactly what they were and they couldn’t wait to set sail in the pool. They laughed, tossed them about, dragged and raced them for as long as they lasted. I admit, the sails took some good water and held up for longer than I expected, but ideally, some kind of laminated sail would be best. Eventually, they got floppy and kind of died. Which was no problem of course, because then the boys just started chucking them around the pool and laughing at the giant sinking pirate ship splashes.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles
I will definitely be keeping a supply of plastic soda bottles on hand to do this activity again in the future. It would be great for winter too, just move play time to the bathroom for a summer getaway mid-snow storm. Do you have any neat projects with plastic soda bottles? Be sure to link up below!
Did you miss last week’s activity? We had fun with glow sticks playing Super Hero Soccer!
Be sure to check out my gal pals’ blogs to see how they used plastic soda bottles this week:
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Plastic Soda Bottles

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