Sailing Ships

7-10 year olds | one hour

These sailing ships are a great recyclable craft and also a fun lead-in to history and talking about the British Royal Navy. It’s a craft boys will especially enjoy.

What You'll Need

  • egg carton
  • brown paint
  • play dough
  • straws
  • white construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors


1. Cut out egg cartons into separated cups. You’ll need one egg carton cup for a ship.
2. Paint the cup brown, inside and out.
3. Once dry, put a thick layer of play dough in the bottom of the egg cup.
4. For each ship, take two plastic straws. Cut one straw in half and leave the other whole.
5. Cut out two large rectangles of the same size out of construction paper and six smaller rectangles of the same size. These will be the sails to be glued on the straws.
6. On the long straw, glue both of the large rectangles in the middle of the straw, sandwiching the straw between them. Make sure these two rectangles adhere to one another, making one sail.
7. Do the same thing at the top of the long straw with two small rectangles. Make sure the sail overlaps the top of the straw.
8. Repeat step 7 for the two straw halves.
9. Stick these three straws in the playdough, in a row.
10. Let it all dry. You’re ready to sail!

Tags: model making

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