Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Columbus Day Boats

Hello, great to be visiting from Red Ted Art again! Well... I know it is only August, but the new School Year is already beginning in some countries and about to start in others. So I thought it would be a good idea to share a little "Columbus Day" craft! Columbus Day is on the 8th October this year. So you have plenty of time to "get ready", should you want to talk your children about it! So, what better way to celebrate Columbus Day but with some boat crafts? I have two to share with you today.

Firstly our Paper Boats:

  paper boats 

They are a great little craft that you can make anywhere any time.  I love them. And I regard it as one of those "basic crafts" all children (and adults) should learn how to make! He is a video Paper Boat tutorial (I have problems embedding codes, so I am afraid you need to go back to Red Ted Art for the video!).

 Next up.. are these adorable Walnut Boats. I love love love Walnut crafts (see how many we have made already?! )

  waldorf crafts walnuts 

We made the boats in the picture from old candles, toothpicks and paper sails. However, the original batch of boats I made, were made with colourful tape. Which is great for when the little boats go for a swim. They do eventually topple over. So if you have tape as sails, you can just put them up right again, and let them swim. The paper sails have a tendency to get soggy! Check out the little Walnut Boat How To for more details!

If you decide to make these in a class room and don't want to use hot wax, you could try using blu-tak of playdough instead of the candle wax. Try it out BEFORE hand and make sure you are happy with your craft, before trying it with a classroom full of children!!

Happy Columbus Day! And Happy Crafting!


  1. This article is being mentioned on Really Good Stuff's blog, The Teachers' Lounge, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Great ideas!


    1. We are so honored! I'll be sure to let Maggy know. She'll be so excited!

      Debbie Clement

    2. Oooh how lovely! Thank you so much!


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