151: Paper Boats
Day 151 of #365 Creative #Ideas to do with your kids: This one of the easiest activities to do with your kids – all you need is paper! Have fun making paper boats with your kids. If you use craft paper, the boats will float; otherwise put them onto a tray or platter and fill them with sweets, as a treat!
You need: A4 craft paper (thick enough to hold its shape but not so thick that you can’t fold it), and assorted sweets.
1. Fold a piece of A4 paper in half from top to bottom, then in half again, from side to side, into quarters, making a neat crease along the folds, to get the centre line. Unfold the paper to A5 size and turn it so the
open side is towards you.
2. Fold the top left- and top right-hand corners inwards to meet at the centre crease. There will be an extra strip at the bottom.
3. Taking the top side of the paper, fold the bottom flap upwards. Turn the paper over and do the same on the other side. You will now have a shape like a hat. Crease well along the folds.
4. Fold the bottom corners in, around the edge of the triangle. Turn the paper over and fold the other corners over. Press down on the creases. You will now have a broad-based triangle shape.
5. Pick up the triangle and, holding the creases at the centre fold, pull the folds towards you to open the triangle, pulling the edges outward, to form a square. Place the square flat on the work surface.
6. Fold the bottom flaps upwards on both sides, to form a triangle.
7. Make the triangle into a square diamond, by picking it up, rotating it, and opening it from the bottom. Crease the paper along the edges.
8. With the centre fold facing you, pull the right and left upper corners apart to form the shape of the boat (you may need to pull up the inner triangle while pulling the sides apart). Crease the folded sides to help shape the boat.