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All About Boats, Rafts and Ships  

Long before there were cars or even wagons and carts, people used boats to get around and travel. The first boats were simple rafts, made from logs tied together or canoes, made from dug out logs. Native Americans used canoes to get up and down rivers or to explore the coast line.

Ships are large boats. Ships have carried people for hundreds of years. Ships can carry food, lumber, clothes, spices or tools. Sometimes they have been used for wars.

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Log Raft, the First Boat Image - Science for Kids All About Boats, Rafts and Ships

The first boats were simple rafts, made from logs tied together or canoes, made from dug out logs.

Fun Facts about Boats, Rafts and Ships for Kids

  • Rafts are meant to travel one way. They can be guided with a pole, but can’t be propelled.
  • Canoes are small. Paddles propel the boat.
  • Sailing ships are large ships that are propelled by large sails that catch the wind. Sailing ships usually have oars too.
Motor Boats Image

All About Boats, Rafts and Ships: Motor boats use gasoline to fuel them.

  • Motor boats use gasoline to fuel them.
  • One hundred years ago, steam-powered paddle boats carried people up and down large rivers. Today, you can see these boats in the Magic Kingdom.
  • The Vikings had large, strong boats that could travel through rough ocean waters. These powerful boats allowed them to conquer many countries.
Ship in the Icy Waters Image

Ships are large boats. Ships can carry food, lumber, clothes, spices or tools.

Boats, Rafts and Ships Vocabulary

  1. Propel: control, move and steer
  2. Paddle: also known as an oar; used to move a boat through water
  3. Conquer: invade, defeat
Raft Filled with People Image

Rafts are meant to travel one way. They can be guided with a pole, but can’t be propelled.

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Canoe Floating on Water Image

Canoes are small. Paddles propel the boat.

Watch this video all about boats, rafts and ships:

A video presentation of how early Greek boats looked liked.

Boats, Rafts and Ships Q&A

Question: Do boats ever sink?

Answer: Modern boats are well-designed to stay afloat, but occasionally boats sink in fierce storms or because of a leak.

 

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