Paper boat is the simplest and first of the paper fold activity a child learns to do. Also, it is the most repeated paper fold activity he / she would do. People of my generation would associate paper boats with streams of rain water and monsoons. How we loved to play with them.
I introduced my 7 year old recently to this fun paper fold activity. But yes, we went a little beyond it. Lets see what we did to our traditional paper boat.
- Colored paper sheets
- Piece of string/ thread
- Glue/ fevicol
- Colored pens
How we made these:
- First and foremost, take a sheet of newspaper and make the simple paper boat. Yes, its going to be a big one. My little one calls them pirate SHIPS.
- Let your kiddo use her/ his creativity with colored pens on the boat.
- Meanwhile, i cut out small diamond shapes from coloured paper sheets. Place them in a line, place the threa in the middle and fold the diamond to make a string as shown in the picture below.
- Secondly, cut out a flag – big or small, its your choice and make some pattern on it; or just write the name of the “captain of the ship” 😀
- Once it is done, it is now time to assemble. stick the flag to a straw to make the mast.
- Now, stick the mast in the center of the boat with the help of cello-tape.
- Next, comes the string. Stick one end to the mast and the other to the corner of the boat – all with cello-tape.
- Lastly, we need to stick popsicles at the bottom of the boat so as to help it stand on its own.
Aren’t they lovely? Try it out and make your own fleet of ships 🙂