Our summer has been filled with trips to coastal locations- Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia, and Big Sur. My toddler and preschooler have spent a lot of time in the water and have been really excited by all of the boats they’ve seen.
Today I wanted to share a simple paper boat craft we created based on their enthusiasm.
Related: How to Fold a Paper Boat [Columbus Day Activities]
Make A Paper Boat Craft
The boats use very few materials and can be adapted for a variety of ages.
Materials needed to make a paper boat:
- paper (we used cardstock)
- popsicle sticks
- Fold your paper in half.
- Fold the paper to make an M (center fold inward and then two folded humps on either side.
- Draw the angled sides of your boat.
- Trim the sides/top to make the boat the length/height that you want.
- Staple the sides together using one or two staples. Your boat should then be able to stand on it’s own. *Cut extra holes in the sides of the boat for the oars if you want.
We also designed popsicle stick people to stick inside our paper boats! You could easily tape your child’s photo onto a popsicle stick instead of having them draw themselves. We had fun making our paper boats float/fly around the house through pretend water.
Do you have any other boat themed crafts or activities you’ve tried?
Here are a few of our favorites boat activities:
- Make a Viking Ship – this amazing Viking longship can be made from a cardboard box.
- Sinking Ships – learn about density, buoyancy, and gravity in this fun kids ™ science experiment.
- Twinkie Submarine Snacks – kids love decorated treats and Twinkie Submarines are easy and fun to make.
- Learn how to make a diy boat with these fun crafts.