rocking paper plate ship craft for kids

How cute are these little rocking paper plate ships? We made these yesterday ahead of our coastal walk that we went on today and both of my two kids are still totally fascinated by them. Every time they walk past they give them a tap and watch them rock for a bit before carrying on. I have to admit they’re probably my favourite craft that we have made recently too! They’re so sweet and easy to make and they only require basic resources too which makes them perfect for crafting at home or in groups.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any pirate ships today or any boats with yellow and purple sails but we did see some pretty cool other ones!

Heres what we used

  • Paper plate
  • Coloured paper
  • Lollipop stick
  • Scissors
  • Glue

First take your paper plate and fold it in half. Then, take your blue paper and cut it into wavy strips to create your ocean waves. Glue your paper strips across the front half of your paper plate and put it aside to dry.

Whilst your ocean is drying it’s time to make your ship! Cut out a trapezium shape for the base of your boat and then glue your lolipop to back of it to make the mast. Then cut out two curved triangles to make the ship’s sails and glue them onto the front of your stick.

rocking paper plate ship craft for kids

Finish decorating your ship by adding any decoration such as circle portholes or patterns/designs on the sail. Pop your ship to one side.

Hopefully by now your paper plate ocean is nearly dry. Take it up again and trim off the loose ends of your paper strips to round off your plate again.

rocking paper plate ship craft for kids

Glue your ship onto the back of your paper plate and leave to dry. Once it’s dry your awesome paper plate ship is finished! Don’t they look great?!

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