Step 4: Make a base for flag to freeze upright and finish!

Now this is where my brain started to smoke! I had to figure out an easy way to keep the toothpick flag upright in the water while it was freezing. I decided low tech was best so that my son could do it on his own whenever he wanted.

Take what's left of your paper and fold it in half, then in half again to make a nice square. Next you will fold up the open sides as seen in my photos. This will keep your paper from opening in the freezer and moving your flag.

Fill your cup/plastic water bottle bottom with water halfway.

Poke the toothpick through the middle of the square paper and sit on top of your cup. Push your toothpick to the bottom of your cup so flag will be sturdy once water freezes.

Place in freezer until frozen!! Take out and enjoy! You can make several and have a race in the sink or if you are close to a body of water then have a race day out doors!

I love FREE fun and sharing cool kid projects with other likeminded people! I hope you enjoyed this and pass it on to others!

As promised I made an 'ible for the cool little finish banner seen in this 'ible! Click <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Finish-Line-Flag-Banner-FREE/" rel="nofollow">HERE</a> to see it! Enjoy!
It's a nice idea but not green at all...<br>If you were to do this in cold climates, that would make it ok but what's wrong with recycled paper boats or wooden ones?<br>Micka&euml;l
Hello mguer133 and thank you for your comment. <br><br>The Encarta World English Dictionary's definition of GREEN is as follows:<br><br>Green: made with little environmental harm: produced in an environmentally and ecologically friendly way, e.g. by using renewable resources<br><br>This project is made with the water that we use to water our garden and flowers, it uses toothpicks that we reuse over and over for these little ice boats and papers we normally would recycle or reuse in art projects. In these ways this is a green project. <br><br>We live on the Gulf Coast where it gets pretty darn hott in the summers and it's really nice to play with boats made of ice on days that we'd rather not leave the house. It keeps the kiddos nice and cool. Sometimes they end up eating the boats instead of racing them! lol. <br><br>I would love to learn how to make a recycled paper boat and a cool wooden one! My boys would really get a kick out of that! I may have to look that up. Thanks again for your comment. <br><br>Tabatha
What an ingenious idea!!! 5 Stars!!!
Thanks so much! We do this almost every weekend now. My little guys love to see whose boat will sink first! Then we use the water to water our garden;)
I am planning on doing this next summer with a bunch of Cub Scouts! We will have fun! Thanks!
That sounds like a lot of fun! I'm glad I could help. Thanks and enjoy!

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