“How does it go Mum?”
Sadly my understanding of physics is too limited to explain the technical side of how the little boat with the rubber band propeller works. Luckily, the kids could care less about physics and were more than happy with my straight forward answer…
“You make it go.”
Yes, the little boat doesn’t have a switch or a fancy motor. It doesn’t even need batteries, but it still ‘goes’.
All it takes is an elastic band and some little fingers to wind up the propeller. A few practice runs to figure out which way to wind to make the boat go forwards, a little bit of imagination and we’re off!
And it will keep going too. It never runs out of batteries and should the elastic band break we can just grab another from the kitchen draw, ours come free with the bunches of asparagus we are devouring at this time of year.
This charming little boat with it’s equally charming driver is from Eco Toys and it’s seen a lot of action in our bath over the past few months. I especially like that the captain has a happy and sad face. He had his sad face on the other night when the ‘waves’ got too rough and I am sure he looked just a little bit sea sick!
You can get your very own wooden toy boat from Eco Toys – either online or at their bricks and mortor store; 651 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (Melbourne).
Disclosure – I was not paid, nor obligated to write this post, the boat was a gift to my children.
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Oh I hear you on being asked how something works and not having the complete answer.
My kids ask me something at least 5 times a day, to which my answer is “I have no clue, let’s google it” lol
Very cute boat btw :)
Moms are supposed to know everything!
What a little beauty! It’s always nice to know that ‘old fashioned’ toys are still just as exciting to children as they were back in their day. Thanks for the link. x
Oh wow just saw this after Christine told me today that she had seen it, love the pic! Thanks so much for sharing x