Paper Sailboat

What You Need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Ruler

What You Do:

  1. Help your child use a pencil to draw two parallel lines, about three inches apart, in the middle of one paper plate.
  2. Let her fold and crease the paper plate inward along these parallel lines. 
  3. Show her how to unfold the folds so that the paper plate stands on the two edges.
  4. Have your child paint the paper plate ocean colors. Encourage her too add little waves and bubbles. Set aside to dry.
  5. Next, let her use a pencil to draw a sailboat on the second paper plate.
  6. Have her paint the sailboat bright colors. For a more dramatic look, have her also outline her boat with black paint.
  7. Help her draw a small protruding tab that extends beneath the painted sailboat. The dimensions of the tab should be roughly five inches high and two inches wide.
  8. Have your child cut out the painted sailboat, including the tab.
  9. Help her use scissors to cut a slash in the flat top of the "ocean paper plate" that is approximately two inches long.
  10. Let her slide the sailboat's tab into the cut.
  11. Have your child give her little paper creation a nudge. The sailboat should start to rock -- just like on the real ocean!

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