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DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Halves Boat Shapes Craft

by Leanne Guenther

This is a good craft to use to introduce preschool children to the concept of halves.  (it also provides good shapes and colours practice).  I love using crafts for easy-going lessons!

You can also use this craft plus the triangle fish for Bible lessons (fisherman's boat).

You can precut the shapes prior to the crafting to speed the process up a bit.  If you choose to do this and still want the kids to color the pieces afterwards, just tape the pieces to another piece of paper with a bit of masking tape (leave a couple of the corners uncut).  Then when they're done colouring, remove the tape and quickly snip off the uncut corners!


  • printer,
  • two pieces of paper,
  • scissors,
  • glue,
  • something to color with.
  • Optional: 
    • you can also have some 1" squares of blue construction paper or tissue paper (water),
    • 2 cotton balls (clouds).


  • Print the template of your choice (below).
  • Color pieces as appropriate.  Use nice primary or bright colours.
  • Cut out the pieces along the SOLID lines (adult assistance may be required).
  • Set the pieces out in front of the child.   Spend a bit of time talking about them (colours, shapes, sizes).
  • Ask the child to pick up the circle (don't give it to them, let them have the chance to pick out the correct shape). 
    • Point out the dotted line down the center of the circle.
    • Ask the child to fold the shape in HALF along that line (you may want to have your own circle so you can do it at the same time... children learn a lot by copying what we do).
    • Once that is done, reiterate that they now have HALF a circle.
    • Glue the half circle together.
    • Do the same thing with both triangles and the rectangle.
  • Glue the template pieces to your second piece of paper to form a boat (see picture above for how the boat is supposed to look). 
    • Optional:  Glue on cotton ball clouds.
    • Optional:  Glue on squares of construction paper or scrunched up pieces of tissue paper to make the water.
    • If the child is at the age where they wish to practice cutting, have them cut along the dotted lines instead of folding.  (You'll end up with two boats this way, which is also a neat lesson about halves....  one whole has two halves, two halves make a whole)
    • Instead of gluing the boat to the second piece of paper, you can glue the pieces together, put some string through the top and hang from the ceiling.
    • Print four black and white templates on four different colours of construction paper.  Mix and match the pieces.  Then glue the four boats together, attach string and make a mobile (use straws or a paper towel roll to hold your mobile).  Or for a bible lesson, make 2 boats and 2 triangle fish.


  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Template   (color)   or   (B&W)


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What is it about boats and kids? My kids are fascinated by them each time we’re near the ocean or lake. Maybe they can sense the excitement of sailing away and going on a big adventure. Or are mesmerized by the pretty sails and bobbing of the water below. Boats and ships are as fun to make on land as they are to watch on water. Take a look at these delightful boat crafts you can make with the kids. From creative sails using recycled materials to the cutest miniature walnut boats, or rustic driftwood versions – there’s a boat here to suit your little captain at sea.

Balloon Sponge Boat (via The Craft Train) Let kids blow into a balloon to power their own fun sponge boat to make their own bath toy.

Fairy Boats (via Little Monster) Scavenge some twigs and leaves and make sweet little boats fit for any fairy.

Driftwood Boats (via Alisa Burke) These rustic boats have a natural feel to them from the driftwood and the pretty watercolor sails double as a fun art project.

Ice Cube Boats (via She Knows) Cool off with these easy ice cube boats – a great outdoor summer craft.

Cork Boats (via Kate’s Creative Space) Save your corks and make these bright and fun miniature boats. I love the vibrant paper sails on these.

Recycled Boat (via Mollymoo) If you have kids, chances are you’ve got plenty of empty milk cartons to play with. Transform them into fun recycled boats to inspire stories of the sea.

Walnut Shell Boats (via Twodaloo) Get the little ones excited about coloring in the sails for these adorable little walnut boats.

Paper Boats (via Craft and Creativity) These paper boats can be made with different colored patterned papers. Fill them up with treats or string them together to make a cute garland or mobile.

Egg Carton Boat (via Life At The Zoo) Here’s another fun and easy recycled boat that uses egg cartons. So cute and creative!

Bottle Boat With a Motor (via hello, Wonderful) Recycle water bottles and turn them into cool motorized sailboats! A great bath time toy as well.

Check out tons more creative crafts and projects for kids.

I love this How to make a paper boat as part of your Columbus Day This is a very easy, beginner origami craft that younger kids can do as.

I love this How to make a paper boat as part of your Columbus Day activities for kids fun.   Telling the story of Columbus is much more fun with a paper boat to sail.   Kids Activities Blog loves finding easy activities for kids like this one that use things you already have at home to sneak in a little Columbus Day learning.   And who doesn’t want to make a paper boat?

In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

Anyone else grow up learning this little ditty to teach us about Columbus Day?

I will certainly not ever forget the year Christopher Columbus sailed to America.  I hope it’s a Final Jeopardy question the day I’m on it!

Columbus Day Activities

Here in America, we celebrate Columbus Day, the day the famed explorer, Christopher Columbus reached the Americas on October 12, 1492.  Though he was not the first explorer to have discovered the New World, his voyages led to the lasting connection of Europe to the Americas.  He has an enormous impact on the historical development of the modern Western World.  Therefore, we celebrate this day each year, ensuring our children remember his name, if not the silly rhyme.

This Columbus Day, spend a few minutes in discussion with your kids on the importance of this holiday and make 3 mini paper boats to celebrate his crossing the Atlantic on his fleet of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

This is a very easy, beginner origami craft that younger kids can do as well.

How to Make a Paper Boat

1. Start with a 5×7 sheet of paper an fold it in half and press down on the middle crease.

2. Now fold it in half again to make another crease.  Unfold.
3. Fold the top 2 corners in to meet in the middle at the crease and form a triangle.

4. Fold the small front flap up on the front and the back flap up on the back.
5. Take the two bottoms of the triangle and push them in together, forming a diamond.

6. Fold the front bottom corner up to the top corner and again on the other side.  You have created another triangle with an open bottom.

7. Push the two sides of the triangle in towards one another, just as you did in Step 4, creating a diamond again.
8. Holding the diamond facing you, pull both the right and left top layers out to form the hulls of the boat.
There you go! Now you can make a paper boat.

I can’t think of a more fun way to celebrate Columbus Day!

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Celebrating holidays like Columbus Day with kids activities is what we do.   Here are some of our favorites similar to How to Make a Paper Boatwe even have paper airplanes!

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We love doing simple origami and this time we’re going to learn how to make a paper boat – a summer favorite!

We’ve done quite a few awesome origami tutorials for kids and each of them is a must make!

I loved to make these as a kid (the exact same ones) and I loved to play with them even more – we would sail them in the bathtub, puddles and lakes and when possible even have boat races with other neighbourhood kids.

This time though we took it a step further too see who can make the smallest origami boat – each time working with a smaller piece of paper (cutting the size of the paper to half each time) and I was genuinely surprised with the size of paper we have come down to – and too be honest we could probably do one even smaller if I’d have some tweezers at hand.

How to Make a Paper Boat

All you need is a sheet of paper letter sized or A4. Regular print paper is perfect for this project. Use as many colors as possible.

Start off with a sheet of paper and fold it in half downwards.

Fold in half again as shown on the second image (you don’t need to make the crease from top to bottom – you just need to mark the center).

Bring corners to the center so that you get a triangle shape with a rectangle under it.

Fold the rectangle part under the triangle upwards (as shown with the purple spots) – flip your origami and do the same on the other side.

Grab the center of the triangle shape as indicated on the first image above with the red spot and pull both sides (holding the red spot) out. Flatten.

You’ll get the shape as shown on the second image above (ignore that red spot in the left bottom corner – I have no idea how that one came there haha).

Fold the front layer up (as shown with the green spot) flip the origami boat to be and do the same with the back layer. You’ll get a triangle shape.

Pull the sides outwards and you’ll again get the square shape as shown on the first image bellow.

Slowly pull the top parts outwards and you have your paper boat!

More cool origami for kids you can try:

We’ve had a lot of fun creating this shark fortune teller – it’s fun to make and even more fun to play with. You should also give these origami frogs a try!


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How to fold a paper boat (also called an origami boat) with your kids and especially an outdoor journey with a craft thrown in for extra fun?.

How to Make a Paper Boat – Origami for Kids

Origami Boat

The origami boat is easy to make, and is also a fun action toy. 


Made this origami? Comment and Submit your photo using the comment box at the end of this page!


All over the world, the rainy season will see many kids building boats. 

These actually float! 

They can also be waterproofed to last longer.  Let's start folding.

Begin with a rectangular piece of paper. 

Fold it in half as shown.  Then partially fold it again, making a crease near the top:






Here you can see the crease in the photo below left.  This helps you line up the corners which you fold down as shown below:





Now fold each edge of the paper upwards as shown.  Use your fingers to open up into a hat!  You can stop at the hat, or continue on to the boat.







Bring the corners of the hat brim towards each other.  The edges of the brim will be pushed outwards.  It's kind of like you're "squashing" the hat into a square:






Now take one lower corner of the square and fold it upwards.  Flip the piece over and do the same for the other corner. 

You now have a folded triangle.  Open up the folded triangle, bring the corners together...




...again, "squash" the triangle into a square (below middle photo). 

Now pull the outer corners of the square, one in each hand. 

Keep pulling to unfold your boat. 

We like to turn the boat over and expand the hole in the bottom.  This will help it balance and float better. 









Now we just need some water to float our origami boat!


Here is a video showing the folding of this origami boat.


Check out the many origami boat photos that have been submitted by our readers!


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How to Make a Paper Boat. Making a paper boat is a great activity that's easy to finish and doesn't require a lot of materials. The beauty of making a paper boat.

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