What You Need:
- Thin 36" dowel rod
- Brown paper bag
- Hot glue gun
- Paint in blue, white, yellow
- Small brushes
What You Do:
- Have your child lay the banana horizontally on top of the cardboard and trace around it with a pencil. Then flip the banana over and trace it again, about two inches away from the first shape, so the two curved banana shapes point away from each other.
- Now show your child how to connect the two shapes by drawing lines on either side. The shape will look somewhat like a rectangle with concave sides.
- Cut out the shape and fold it lengthwise to create a boat shape.
- Have your child glue the two pointy sides of the shape together, creating the paper boat.
- Cut out a sliver of scrap cardboard to fit inside the body of the boat, to keep it sturdy. Fit it into the boat with a line of glue to keep it in place.
- Using strong scissors or shears, help your child cut a 9" piece of dowel rod, and two 6" pieces.
- Have your child position one of the shorter dowels on top of the longer dowel so it looks like a "T" and glue it in place.
- Next, take another short dowel and place it 3" below the first dowel and glue it into place.
- Cut out a square of brown paper about 9"x4" and decorate it with an ancient Egyptian pattern or shape.
- Glue the rectangle sail onto the dowel structure.
- Cut a small hole in the top of the boat and push the rod of the sail into it, so the sail stands upright. You might want to add a dab of glue to keep it sturdy.
Now your boat is ready to carry all kinds of objects across wide bodies of water!