Soap boat races

As a Lowes creator we are given a fun challenge each month to makeover a space. However, this month Lowes challenged us to create something fun for the backyard. I was thrilled for this challenge.

I was walking around Lowes one afternoon trying to figure out what to make and I saw the rain gutters sitting there for FIVE bucks. I was trying to think of something fun I could do with rain gutters, but nothing was coming to mind. Then I remembered an activity we did back in Jr. High. We carved soaps into boats { a soap boat } and raced them at a little pond by our house. Taking my kids to the pond to race may not have been the safest idea, but with the rain gutter we were able to re-create this fun idea in our back yard. This project was so easy to put together and was SO much fun for the kids. Can you tell by my sons face? ;)

Supplies needed:

  • Rain gutter (found at Lowes in the lumber section)
  • Bar of soap (found at Dollar store)
  • Toothpick
  • Fabric and scissors
  • Glue gun

All you do is cut a triangle out of fabric and glue it to the top of your toothpick. Then stick the toothpick into your soap bar and it’s ready to race. If your kids are older you can carve the boats and make them more unique. :)

Stick a hose on one end of the gutter and let the race begin!

Ready, set, go!

soap boat

The kids absolutely LOVED racing their soap boats! We spent all morning outside as the kids ran back and forth to each end.


We had such a great time together. This was one of our favorite activities we have done all summer. The best part was that it cost less than 10 bucks. Can’t beat that! We will be doing many more soap boat races this summer! This really is such an easy and fun activity to do as a family.

For more creative ideas make sure to visit Lowes creative ideas.

Have a g r e a t Sunday!

Disclosure: I received product as a Lowes ambassador, however all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Jelli posted on July 29, 2012 at 5:18 am (#
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    What a great idea! Looks like your kids are having loads of fun. I’d love for you to share this original idea at {Monday Mom Musings} tomorrow at my blog. I’m sure the ladies would love it!

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  2. Debby Messner posted on July 29, 2012 at 7:15 am (#
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    I love the bubbles and the make your own shade at the beach. Love this soap boat idea. Looks like so much fun.

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  3. mary posted on July 29, 2012 at 7:32 am (#
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    Would be a great project for VBS too!

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  4. Stephanie posted on July 29, 2012 at 8:40 am (#
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    I love this idea Jamielyn!!! So cute!

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  5. Donna O'Neil posted on July 29, 2012 at 8:42 am (#
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    I would love to make my own beach tent.

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  6. Noreen posted on July 29, 2012 at 8:58 am (#
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    What a wonderful idea! And anything that involves water is always fun!

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  7. Trish posted on July 29, 2012 at 10:34 am (#
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    Love the little sand city made in the backyard!

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  8. Bethany / Sweet Georgia Sweet posted on July 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm (#
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    Those kiddos are ADORABLE! Love seeing chub on babies!

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  9. Candy posted on July 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#
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    What a cute idea. Looks like the kids had a BALL. Thanks for sharing and thanks for letting us enter to win the Lowe’s gift card. I’ve posted on Facebook and Im now following you on Facebook. 8-)

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  10. Kimberly Sneed posted on July 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm (#
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    Oh my goodness Jamielyn! That is the cutest project ever! And your little ones, adorable as usual!

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  11. Elizabeth G. posted on July 30, 2012 at 4:02 am (#
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  12. Laura @ Cookiecrumbs and Sawdust.blogspot.com posted on July 30, 2012 at 5:26 am (#
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    Hi Jamielyn,

    This is such a cute idea -to turn the rain gutter into a water raceway. I’m would concerned about all the soapy run off draining into my lawn. How do you handle this?

    Thanks,
    Laura

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    • Shirley Lupton replied on July 30th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      This is such a great idea Jamielyn. I wish I had thought of this when my children were small. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope I win…

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  13. Sandra posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm (#
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    I certainly have enjoyed visiting your site! You have wonderful pics/instructions/ ideas!! Have a great week..sandra

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  14. Gina M (Crave to Save) posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am (#
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  15. Deanna G. posted on July 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm (#
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    I’d like to do the “Adirondack-Inspired Chairs” project.

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  16. anash posted on August 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm (#
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  17. leann lindeman posted on August 2, 2012 at 7:42 am (#
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    I like the tiki torch planter idea.. simple and nice lighting for the deck

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  18. Lee Ann L. posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm (#
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    for some reason, there wasn’t a box to share the link where the post was shared. I shared it on twitter! @dlk3265 https://twitter.com/dlk3265/status/231203477525778432

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  19. Boat Transporter posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm (#
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    Great idea and wonderful project , people like this about cotton clothes.

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  20. Isobel posted on November 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#
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  21. Jaimi posted on March 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm (#
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    This is so cute, simple and looks like it would be great fun for my two kiddos. I’m thinking even just the soap boats in the water table…hmm..thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Nicole Feliciano posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#
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    We love this idea. Linked to it on our Staycation round-up here http://www.momtrends.com/2013/06/planning-a-summer-staycation/

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