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Kids Craft Ideas:
How to Make a Model Boat

Exploring boat craft ideas to build with your children

Building models is always a fun activity for kids who love arts and crafts, and parents who like helping them. Some of the best things to build are models of different vehicles and crafts, from cars and trains to boats and planes. Once you have made them you can put them on display or even put them into action.

A boat is one of the easiest things to make a working model for. You don't need a motor or any wheels. It just needs to float, and perhaps have a sail to help it travel across the water. If you're looking for a model making project to do with your kids, try following these instructions to build a boat.

Model boats floating on water
The idea of building model boats with your children is to experiment until you build those that are best for floating on water. (Image: Toby Oxborrow https://flic.kr/p/3kTiwC)

Milk Carton Boat

One of the easiest ways to make a model boat is with a milk carton. And everyone has one, so it's not hard to find the materials. First, you need to cut the box in half, and then in one half, punch a hole in each corner. Leave about an inch of room from the edge to the hole. Next, you need some straws. Tape one straw across another, so it forms a cross, about 1 inch from the top. Then do the same with another straw about 2 or 3 inches from the bottom of your vertical straw. This is your mast, so tape it to the bottom of your carton. Tie a pie of string through one of the corner holes and to the mast, and then repeat with the other corners.

You can now send your boat onto the water, but you probably want to decorate first. If you were making a real vessel, you would need some special yacht paint from Paints 4 Trade. But since yours is only a toy, anything you have to paint or color it will do.

Model boats should be able to float
When you are working with your kids on crafting a model boat from different materials, the overall look is not as important as their ability to float on water. (Image: Pixabay.com)

Paper Viking Boat

This project is great if you've been learning some Norse history, either in or out of school. Start by cutting newspaper into strips of about 1 inch by 3 inches. Mix flour and water and boil it to make a paper mache paste. Once it has cooled, dip your newspaper strips in the paste and place them on a plastic drinking bottle. Leave the underside and the bottom uncovered, but cover everything else, including the neck. Do another layer, then leave the paste to dry. When it's dry, turn the boat around and repeat the process to form the other end of the ship.

If you want to paint your boat, do it now and let it dry. Next, poke a wooden skewer through a small piece of card to make a mast and sail, then glue it to your boat. You can add oars by punching holes in the top of the ship at the back. Put wooden skewers through the holes to finish the detail. If you want to add more drama, add the image of a dragon head to the front of your boat.

There are lots of other ways of making a model boat. Experiment with different methods to see which ones work best, and which are best for floating on water.

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