How to Make a Boat from Cardboard for a Play

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How to Make a Boat from Cardboard for a Play
This craft allows you and your child to use artistic creativity and imaginative play. (kids paint craft image by Christopher Hill from

The importance of imaginative play can't be overlooked in a child's development. Playing pretend helps build language, abstract thinking, social and emotional skills. Creating this cardboard boat allows your child to explore their creativity–the boat can be used for many hours of inspired play.

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Things you need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Stickers

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  1. 1

    Cut out a speedboat shape from one of the long sides of a cardboard box. This will be the base of your boat.

  2. 2

    Cut long strips of cardboard. Each strip should measure approximately 6 inches. You will need enough total length to go all the way around the perimeter of your boat base.

  3. 3

    Tape the strips around the perimeter of the boat base to create the wall of the boat. Apply tape to the inside and outside of the boat at the point where the wall meets the base. Also tape the seams where the wall sections meet.

  4. 4

    Decorate your boat with paint, markers and stickers. Use your cardboard boat to act out stories from books and from your imagination.

Tips and warnings

  • This cardboard boat design is for craft and play purposes only. It is not suggested for submersion in water.

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