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How to make a Viking ship for kids

Updated April 11, 2017

Together you and your child can create one single Viking ship, or an entire fleet with items that you may already have on hand. You just need your imagination and some time for you and your child to let your creativity soar.

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Making the ship shape

  1. Cut the top of a rectangular tissue box off with scissors.

  2. Draw a wide arch with a marker, with a downward dip in the middle, from the front to the back of the box. Do this on both sides of the box.

  3. Fold the front of the tissue box down so that it is about five centimetres (two inches) high. Fold the front inward on the box and tape the flap down on the inside. This is the front of the ship.

  4. Push the two sides of the back end together, making a point and tape the ends together. This is the back of the ship.

Making the oars

  1. Cut out four holes on both sides of the ship, evenly spaced, about 12 mm (one inch) from the bottom of the ship. Parents should use a utility knife for this task.

  2. Insert four dowel rods into each hole so that they extend out of the holes on each side of the ship about four inches. Your dowel rods should be approximately 30 cm (12 inches) in length and six mm (1/4 inch) thick.

  3. Draw out the oar paddles on a piece of cardboard, then cut out the paddles with scissors. Cut out eight paddles in all.

  4. Attach the paddles to the end of the dowel rods with craft glue and allow to dry.

Making the sails

  1. Stand up one 20 cm (eight-inch) tall dowel rod and cross it in the centre with one 10 cm (four-inch) long dowel rod. Both of these dowel rods should be 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick.

  2. Wrap string or twine around the point where both dowel rods cross, wrapping in a figure-eight pattern until the two dowel rods are secured to one another. Then tie off the string by knotting it and trim the excess string with scissors.

  3. Glue a five-cm (two-inch) square of clay in the centre inside bottom of the ship with craft glue. Then insert the bottom end of the 20 cm (eight-inch) dowel rod into the clay. Squirt some craft glue around the bottom of the dowel rod and allow the glue to dry.

  4. Cut a 10 cm (four inch) wide by 10 cm (four inch) long piece of white cloth, as well as a 2.5-cm (one inch) triangle out of the same cloth.

  5. Glue the square piece of cloth to the ends of the 10 cm (four-inch) long dowel rods and the straight edge of the triangle to the top of the 10 cm (eight-inch) dowel rod.

  6. Draw a dragon's head and long neck on a piece of cardboard with a pencil. Then draw the dragon's long tail on the cardboard.

  7. Cut out the dragon's head and tail with scissors.

  8. Glue the end of the neck to the front of the ship and the front part of the tail on the back of the ship.

  9. Paint the ship, dragon parts, paddles, oars and dowel rods with acrylic paint and a paintbrush.

  10. Paint Viking insignias on the square and triangular flags.

  11. Add detail to the ship with markers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tissue box
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Utility knife
  • Dowel rods
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • String
  • Twine
  • Clay
  • Cloth
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

About the Author

Patrice Lesco has been a writer since 2001. Also a certified teacher, she writes for newspapers, magazines, books, theater and film. Lesco holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in education and theater from Methodist College.

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