As we were lining up at the gate to head out the thought hit me.... "are you nuts woman? You are taking these kids to water! They could wind up wet.... muddy... wait and build something that can hold water in the yard or get a pool." But if I listened to the sensible angel on my shoulder we wouldn't have had a ton of fun setting our paper boats in the water, with the wind blowing them just right, and having a terrific time. We had to get our the black pipe we found at the dirt pile to help when one of them started to sink and all boats were retrieved with success except for the toppled one. It was promptly crushed by it's owner.
I wish the boats would have sailed all the way across the longer way of the pond but they chose to stay closer to the edge. I did think ahead to warn the children that we may have to leave them in the water if we weren't able to get to them but luckily this wasn't the case. When we got back to the DC we pinned them to the clothesline to dry. I have a feeling this will not be the last boat race we will have!
HERE is the wonderful tutorial that I used to learn how to easily make paper boats that float! Too cool!