The Titanic was the biggest ship of her time, and she sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. Almost every child goes through a phase of being obsessed with the Titanic because of the story of the shipwreck. There are many ways for a child to create a model Titanic.
Buy a boxed model of the Titanic. There are several models in different sizes and with varying numbers of parts. Choose a model that is designed for your child's age level. Make sure your child understands that he or she needs to follow the directions so the model will look like the Titanic. With young children, it might be necessary to read the directions to them or to help them assemble the structure.
Design Your Own Model
Children who have been building models for a while and who know a lot about the Titanic can design their own ship's model. They can buy a model ship that has a size and shape similar to the Titanic. Then, at a model store, they can buy smoke stacks, windows and turrets and glue them onto their model ship to create a model of the Titanic. If this is the way your child wants to go, make sure that he or she has a good source for gathering information about the Titanic and the ability to design the ship to his or her liking.
Model in Name Only
Young children learning about the Titanic for the first time may want to make a model Titanic, but might not care if it isn't the right size or shape, or if it has the right elements. They can create a model ship out of balsa wood by cutting the wood and using wood glue to make a ship. Let their creativity shine, and allow them to construct the size, shape and type of ship they want. The important part of the activity in this case would be for the children to learn the story of the Titanic, even if they don't make the model exactly the way the ship looked.