Craft Stick Raft Tutorial

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This month we’re highlighting Caddie Woodlawn and the Caddie Woodlawn Book Guide.

Caddie Woodlawn is one of those excellent books with timeless themes. The story takes place over the course of a year in the life of a young pioneer girl. Throughout the story, Caddie has one adventure after another and one of those adventures involves a raft.

We thought it would be fun to focus a little on Caddie with a fun raft project…that just so happens to be included in the Caddie Woodlawn Book Guide (alongside some other really fun projects). This project will make reading Caddie Woodlawn memorable.

But the real value is how the story opens up so many opportunities for discussion. And we all know that those discussions can lead to character building because stories reach the heart in a powerful way.

How to Make a Craft Stick Raft

Craft Stick Raft Tutorial

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Craft Stick Raft Supplies

Gather Supplies

Step 1: Make the Bottom of the Raft

Craft Stick Raft Supplies
  • Place 8 jumbo craft sticks side by side.
  • On opposite ends, glue two jumbo craft sticks in opposite direction.
  • Let dry. Note: It’s a good idea to set something heavy like a book on top.

Step 2: Make the Top of the Raft

Craft Stick Raft
  • Turn the raft over and glue another 8 jumbo craft sticks to the top of the raft.
  • When placing the craft sticks across the top, be sure to leave a small opening in the center for the mast. Use the small craft stick as a guide.
  • Let dry. Note: It’s a good idea to set something heavy like a book on top.

Step 3: Make the Mast & Sail

  • While the raft glue is drying, make the mast.
  • With heavy duty scissors, cut the curved end off of the small craft stick
  • If desired, decorate the 4″ x 4″ sail
  • Fold the 4″ x 4″ square corner to corner to create a triangle.
Craft Stick Raft
  • Run a small bead of glue around on the inside edges of the sail and on both sides of the top of the small craft stick.
  • Glue the sail to the mast. Let dry.
Craft Stick Raft
  • Generously glue the mast into the center of the raft. Let dry completely.
Craft Stick Raft
  • Set sail!

If you love Caddie Woodlawn, then you will enjoy these other books about Pioneers.

Tree in the Trail
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Buffalo Bill
Caddie Woodlawn
John Muir: America’s Naturalist
An Outlaw Thanksgiving
Wagon Wheels
Prairie School by Avi
The Call of the Wild
Farmer Boy
Patty Reed’s Doll: The Story of the Donner Party
The Birchbark House
Ride On, Will Cody!: A Legend of the Pony Express
Happy Little Family
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Little House 4-Book Box Set: Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek
Mountain Born
My Great-Aunt Arizona
Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis & Clark
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Little House in the Big Woods
Train to Somewhere
Apples to Oregon
Old Yeller
A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
John Henry
By the Great Horn Spoon!
The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
Fearless Mary: Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver
Story of the California Gold Rush Coloring Book
Gold! Gold from the American River!: January 24, 1848: The Day the Gold Rush Began

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