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Viking Ship Craft for Kids

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While learning about Vikings during our Viking Unit Study, the kids wanted to make a Viking ship. Using some common household materials and some recycled materials, we came up with a Viking Ship Craft that has been played with over and over and extended their learning through small world play. I often find the kids, mainly Jonah, pretending Lego men are Erik the Red on a voyage or Leif Erickson on his way to North America.

This Viking Ship Craft for Kids is perfect for a Viking  unit study. Using recycled materials, this Viking longboat is easy to make. This east kid craft is something you'll be sure to keep.


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To make the base of our viking ship, we recycled an orange juice carton. Using a box cutter, I cut the orange juice carton in half.

Make a viking boat out of a recycled orange juice carton

Using brown paint, the kids painted the orange juice carton half.

Make a viking boat from a recycled orange juice carton

While the paint was drying, Jonah was in charge of measuring lines with a ruler on a piece of cardstock and coloring the red stripes on the viking boat sail. (See how I snuck that math measurement skill in there?) When he was finished, I cut the paper in half and trimmed the sail to 7 inches tall and 5 ½ inches wide. Using hot glue along the top and bottom edges, I reinforced the viking sail with bamboo skewers.

Making a red striped viking boat sail for a viking boat craft for kids.

Once the edges were reinforced, I used my scissors to poke a hole through the top and bottom in the center of the sail. I used a skinny, but sturdy cardboard tube that was recycled from a package of glow stick bracelets. It was the perfect size for the mast.

Making a viking boat for kids with recycled materials

Using the skinny cardboard tube, I threaded the tube through both holes in the paper sail. Then, I hot glued the mast in the center of the boat.

viking ship craft for kids mast assembly

To make the oars, I used a single hole punch to punch three holes in each side of the boat.

How to make a viking ship for kids

Next, we threaded three bamboo skewers into the holes and used some brown craft foam hot glued to each end to form the paddle on the oar.

how to make a viking boat craft for kids

The craft foam was wrapped around both sides of the skewer and hot glued together.

viking ship craft for kids

To make the dragon head on the front of the viking boat, I folded a piece of brown craft foam in half and roughly cut a dragon profile. Using hot glue, I attached the dragon head to the front of the boat. The picture below shows the dragon head unfolded.

how to make a viking boat for kids

And that's it! A Viking Ship Craft for Kids to pretend and engage in small world play.

Viking Ship Craft for Kids

Viking Ship Craft for Kids

Other Viking Activities for Kids

Enjoy a Viking Lunch during your Viking Unit Study and snuggle up with some Viking Books!

Read This Make That (Viking Snack Edition)


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Bekki@a better way to homeschool

Thursday 30th of October 2014

We did this exact craft when we studied the Vikings 2 years ago. I love Pinterest for things like this. I have crafts and activities pinned for everything that we will be studying. I remember the day we made the ship. It was an "off day" and I was desperate to engage the boys in a better learning activity. Viola! "Let's make a Viking ship!" They were all in!

Thanks for the great photos:)


Wednesday 29th of October 2014

That turned out great! What a fun way to extend their learning.