Create a Raft Challenge

Age Range: 7-10 years
Time Required: 20 minutes
Fundamental: Outdoors

Challenge yourself to create a raft that can float in water made only from natural materials.

Materials Needed

  • Natural materials
  • scissors
  • string
  • your imagination


  1. Using only natural materials, scissors and string (maybe some tape) create a raft that can float in water. The raft only has to be small but try and make it be able to float in water!!  
  2. If you can’t find a bucket to fill with water, try using your bath or a sink, think outside the box!! 

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

Make more than one raft and see which raft design stays afloat the longest.

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

Ask girls to compare materials used. Did anyone make a raft without string?

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

Share ideas with those who are stuck for inspiration.

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

What can we do differently next time?
What other activities could you do with your new skills?
How did it make you feel?
What did you like or dislike?
What did you learn?

Activity source and acknowledgements

 Yarra Junction Guides, Victoria


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