Are you planning a trip to the beach this Summer? We love the beach and with living by the sea, it’s almost our second home. There’s nothing better than spending the day building sandcastles, paddling and gazing out to sea to observe the distant sailboats . So if you’ve been to the beach recently, planning to go or are simply looking for a fun and interactive Summer craft to try with the kiddos, then you will love our paper plate sailboat craft.
Kids will be unable to resist the lure of singing ‘Row Row Row your Boat’ as their sailboats cross the paper plate sea. As their boats tackle the waves, with a swift spin their boats will turn around and start all over again to continue the fun. This is a great little craft for encouraging play and with a small addition of a skull and cross bones, these sailboats could be easily transformed into pirate ships too!
HOW TO MAKE A PAPER PLATE SAILBOAT CRAFT
- a single paper plate
- light blue paint and blue paint
- two sheets of colored paper
- a skewering stick (with the point removed)
- PVA glue or school glue
1. Begin by cutting the paper plate in half and shaping some ‘waves’ into one edge. For guidance, draw the waves first with a pencil.
2. Paint the paper plate blue. As you can see, we’ve added some deep sea depth with a darker tone of blue to create the appearance of ‘waves’.
3. Once the paint has dried, staple the paper plates together leaving plenty of space at the bottom of the plate for the boat to be moved via the stick (skewer).
4. Fold a piece of colored paper in half and at the fold, cut out a triangular ‘sail’ shape.
5. Open up the triangle and place the top of the wooden skewer along the fold. Add glue and fold the triangle over, pressing along the skewer and edges to ensure the sail is securely glued together. This will prevent the sail from swiveling around.
NOTE: While we’ve used a skewer for the mast, this could be replaced for a straw or a straight wooden stick from outside. Whatever you choose to use, make sure the stick is long enough to accommodate a boat and has space for your child to handle the stick at the bottom of the plate.
6. Fold the second piece of paper in half ( using an alternative color) and cut out a ‘boat’ shape. This time, do not cut along the fold as we’re looking for two separate symmetrical shapes that can be stuck together.
7. Like the sail, glue the paper together to create a boat and press around the skewer to ensure the paper fits snugly without movement.
And now for the really fun bit!
Place the stick between the paper plates and begin sailing!