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Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Super duper Viking ships to inspire salty, sail flapping voyages!

As much as I enjoy a good 'Pinterest fail' ~ and I have committed more than one or two ~ I also love a Pinterest success story (and hey! you can follow BTRT on Pinterest right now!).  

These great big beautiful boats were definitely a success with our Friday afternoon homeschool gang.  Our little group consists of 1 eight year old, 2 seven-and-a-half year olds, a six and an almost six year old.  Several have studied Vikings this year and one is just a little nuts about dragons and Viking lore (that's my girl!), so these boats were right in the pocket.
We used this blog post/ pin from "DIY Cardboard Ships".

The author does a great job of sharing how to make the ships and she provides a template (yay!) for making your own.  I don't need to re-invent the wheel, but I will share a few tips from our ship making experience.
  • Look for cardboard long enough to make the sides of the ships~ they are larger than you think!
  • We used an ocean of hot glue to hold it all together... and it worked brilliantly for caulking ship seams and holding tipsy masts in place.
  • Use a utility knife to cut your pieces quickly and easily.
  • We used toothpicks for everything~ they simply slide between the cardboard layers and don't require glue (although we used lots anyway!)~ flags, spikes, spokes etc. We christened one ship 'The Porcupine' for its copious toothpick quills!
  • Lots of popsicle sticks, construction paper, straws, craft glue, markers and extra cardboard were put into service.
  • the adults cut and assembled the basic ship shapes (ha!), the children sketched their figureheads and tails for adults to cut and hot glue on. 
  • Have a hole punch handy for easy assembly of sails.
  • plan on building in a platform for the helm, otherwise it sits too low.
  • the children adapted their ships with flags and cannons, balloons and benches and more...
  • these ships are big! they work perfectly with Playmobil figures and even the kids who usually shun craft time (aka boys) spent a couple hours perfecting their vessels.
At the end of the day, each child had a creative project completed, a new imagination-inspiring toy AND something that represented their personalities!
Thanks Lier at!
What have you pinned and made lately? ♥♥


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