How to Make a Paper Ship Hull

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Vikings, also called Northmen and Norsemen, were "Scandinavian seafaring warriors who raided and colonised wide areas of Europe from the 9th to the 11th century," reports Encyclopedia Britannica. They carried out their raids in ships called "longships." "Their burning, plundering, and killing earned them the name vikingr, meaning "pirate" in the early Scandinavian languages," Britannica reports. Teach a history lesson on the Viking age through this paper art project. Your kids can make a Viking longship out of an empty cereal box.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 empty cereal box
  • 1 permanent black marker
  • 1 pair of child-safe scissors
  • 1 handheld stapler with staples
  • 1 roll of masking tape

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  1. 1

    Print out a longship template by visiting We and Us Educational Design Services. You can find this link in the References Section below. Cut out the template.

  2. 2

    Cut off the top and bottom flaps of the cereal box, and then flatten the box. To do this, "crease along the middle of the side panels" and press down on the box so that it lays flat. For an image, see Figure 2 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions.

  3. 3

    Place the template on the cereal box as is shown in Figure 3 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions. Trace around the two ships halves with a permanent black marker. Cut out the ships.

  4. 4

    Open and flatten each ship on the table. Using both hands, grab the middle of the ship and bend the cardboard upward so that an inverted fold appears. See Figure 5 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions. Repeat with the other ship half.

  5. 5

    Close the ships and staple the curved sides. You might want to try four or five staples just around the curved ends of the ship halves. See Figure 6 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions.

  6. 6

    Use your fingers to press down on the inverted fold so that the ship bottoms are flat on your workspace. Join the two halves using masking tape. See Figure 8 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions.

  7. 7

    Embellish your ship hull with dragon heads. We and Us provides a template that you can print, trace, cut and glue onto each end of the ship's hull. See Figure 9 in We and Us' "Make a Viking Longship" instructions.

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