How to make a model viking boat

ancient Viking ship image by Goran Bogicevic from

When students learn about Ancient Viking history, it can be more exciting for them to take part in a hands-on activity that will allow them to learn about the Vikings in a more kinesthetic way.

For example, you can help your students create a model of a Viking Longboat out of basic craft supplies to show them how the Ancient Vikings travelled across the water.

Knead a 4-inch piece of polymer clay for 5 minutes.

Shape the clay into an oval.

Press your thumbs into the centre of the oval to create a hollow in the middle of the shape.

Pull each end of the oval so that the ends are stretched out into points.

Place the structure onto a baking tray with the hollow facing upward.

Curl the pointed ends up on either side.

Poke a toothpick through each long side ten times, effectively creating ten holes on each side of the boat.

Bake the boat in a 200-degree conventional oven for 15 minutes.

Allow the boat to cool.

Insert a thin stick into each hole. These will be the oars of the Viking Longboat.

Hot glue a dowel into the centre of the hollow. Allow the glue to cool completely. This will be the mast of the boat.

Cut out a rectangle of fabric to measure 6 inches long by 4 inches wide.

Place the fabric rectangle horizontally on a table, and glue a 6 inch stick to the top and bottom of it.

Allow the glue to dry completely. This will be the sail of the boat.

Glue the sail onto the mast, and allow the glue to dry before displaying the Viking Longboat.