Does your child dream of sailing the seven seas? Help fuel their imagination with this step-by-step guide on how to make a paper boat.
All you need to make paper boats for kids is a piece of paper and materials for decorating. Kids can use crayons, pens, and paints to craft their own pirate ship or fleet of battle ships. Before you know it, they’ll be playing captain in their very own sea adventures.
How to fold a paper boat: picture guide
The picture guide below should make it easy to explain how to make a boat out of paper to kids – just ask them to carefully follow each step and fold where shown. Click here to download the full-size step-by-step picture guide. It might be best to try one out yourself first – once you’ve got the hang of it you can help your child fold their own paper boat. To start, you’ll need a rectangular piece of paper. A sheet of A4 is ideal.
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How to make a paper boat: step-by-step instructions
Making a paper boat can seem tricky, so it’s good to have some written instructions to follow alongside the pictures.
- Lay out a rectangular piece of paper. If you are using patterned or printed paper, begin with the decorated side facing up so it will show on the outside of the boat
- Fold the sheet of paper in half from top to bottom to create a horizontal crease in the middle – the non-patterned side of your paper should now be visible
- Fold the top corners in towards the middle so that they meet. Leave 1-2 inches of space at the bottom. You should now have a triangle shape
- Fold the flaps at the bottom of the triangle shape up on both sides
- Pop out the middle to make a hat shape
- Using your fingers, open the hat shape out even more until it forms a square. Tuck the corners of one flap under the other
- Fold up the bottom flaps of the square on both sides so you are left with a triangle shape
- Pull out the middle of the triangle to form a square
- Pull out the middle of the square
- Press the shape flat
- Open out from the bottom to assemble your boat shape
- Ta-da! You now have a paper boat which your kids can decorate however they like!
Keep scrolling for ideas on how to decorate your paper boat!