You, Me and Teddy

Parenting adventures and activities in and around Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

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…gently down the stream. If you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream!

After our trip to the Latènium we decided to build our very own lake barge and have a lesson in colour.

I do not throw out boxes as there is too much fun to be had with them! Luckily I have an under stairs space where I can keep my “junk”. We quite simple repurposed a box and cut it to the shape of the boats we saw in the museum.

I had to secure the flaps and bends with some of the extra cardboard we had cut off the sides using masking tape (which is easy to paint after).

Boat head

I also made sure to keep some of our cut offs to make a pair of oars using a couple of wooden spoons.


You cannot seem to buy normal brown paint in Neuchâtel. The only available browns are oils or fancy acrylics so E had a lesson in colour blending.

The primary colours are Red, Blue and Yellow, in mixing these colours together we can create secondary colours: orange (yellow and red), green (yellow and blue), and purple (red and blue). Tertiary colours in turn are created by mixing secondary and their adjacent primary colours on a colour wheel, for example, blue and purple = blue-purple.

colour wheel

The most basic way to create brown is to mix all the primary colors together. Another method is to mix complimentary colours (the ones directly opposite one another on the wheel) such as blue and orange. We did the latter mixing red and green and lightening it with some yellow.

The boat has had fairly constant use by both kids since its “construction” even if E is a bit frustrated that she can’t actually advance with her oars or even take it on the lake. I think once the weather is better we will have to go out on the lake for a real boating adventure to appease her.

E in a boat

M in a boat

Now back to the birthday madness. Its the party tomorrow and I have a cake to finish!


Author: youmeandteddy

I am a stay at home mum with 2 young children living in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

One thought on “Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

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