I’ve got to thank Curious George for this one. The Little Explorer’s recent obsession with the book “The Boat Show,” and The Big Explorer’s love of all things science were the perfect combination. When we spotted instructions for making your own paper boat at the back of the book, we all knew we had to try it.
The Big Explorer has tinkered with simple origami before and was able to successfully create his own paper boat after just one failed attempt.
What you’ll need to make & float paper boats:
- Sheets of paper (perhaps even different materials such as newspaper, aluminum foil & waxed paper)
- Instructions for making a paper boat, like these
- A bucket of water to test out your boats (a natural water source would be even better!)
After folding his first boat, The Big Explorer got all fancy and decided to make boats out of different types of paper – regular, cardstock, newspaper and aluminum foil (which failed miserably).
Although I thought some paint or coloring on said boats might make for a nice touch, The Explorers would have none of it. They were too eager to take their boats out to the backyard and put them to the test.
They had a seriously crazy amount of questions they wanted answered.
Will these things really float? Won’t they just sink once they get wet? If they do float, how long will they stay up? Which material will float the longest? What happens if we add a weight, like a rock?
Science enthusiast that he is, The Big Explorer decided to time how long each of the boats stayed afloat (or didn’t). This was serious business, after all.
I’m not going to spoil the fun – you’ll have to try this one yourself to see what happens.
Other types of boats we’d like to try making:
There are tons of ideas for making and floating boats out there, many incorporating natural elements. A few of my favorites: