Cardboard boats! Fun for big and little ones alike. Plus, if one of your nautical vessels should crash, sink, or float away to broader horizons, it isn’t a great loss (more of an opportunity to make some new ones).
First, it was worth the extra effort of making a paper version to flesh out what I had in mind. I taped the pieces together to get the general shape, then took it apart and edited my design.
Using the paper boat as a template, I cut the parts out from the scrap cardboard. You can use either the scissors or knife, but the knife is definitely not kid friendly.
Pre-bend the boat into shape before assembling!
If you are using tape, you have to slit the tape into several “tags” so that it wraps around curved surfaces. [What a great teaching opportunity to discuss geometry]
Don’t forget the rudder! I did and had to cut through the back of the keel to insert it. Using a quarter, insert it between the two hull pieces; secure with tape or glue. The rudder is heavy enough to keep the boat sitting in the water properly (otherwise, it immediately tips to the side – teaching opportunity to discuss water displacement)
Do whatever floats your boat!!!
[Leggo man optional]