Sunday, 5 December 2010

Triangular Birds and Triangular Bees... Oh! And Triangular Viking Ships!

I'm sure primary school teachers set homework out of spite.  After all if they've got to work every hour God gives preparing lessons why shouldn't the parents of their class suffer too?   Hence,  Christmas preparation was halted  and  this weekend was spent finishing Louis' ship that he'd decided to make for his Viking project.

I decided a long time in advance that we were only going to use things that I found around the home for this creation and that no additional money would be spent.  I'm listing below the materials that we used but in the spirit of thrift if you want to make your own version, see if you can find alternatives if you don't have what we used to hand.

We used:
  • A Toblerone wrapper
  • Masking tape
  • Fimo modelling clay (could be replaced with salt dough coloured with paint)
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Old envelopes
  • String
  • A dowelling lolly stick
  • Copydex
  • A thick black marker pen
  • Staples
  1. Cut a boat shape from the Toblerone wrapper and staple it together to make a 3-D shape.  Don't worry, it won't stand up on its own at this stage.
  2. Cover with masking tape and draw on lines with the marker pen that are suggestive of a wooden construction
  3. Roll out Fimo or other clay.  Make twelve shields, a tail and dragon's head and the sail.  Use internet images to inspire.  Bake for recommended time.  We draped the sail over one of our cookie cutters to give it a wind filled shape.
  4.  Make slits at each end of the boat and insert the dragon's head and tail.
  5. Stick the shields to the side of the boat with copydex
  6. Make holes in the clay sail in the middle of the top and bottom edge and insert the dowelling, cut to size. Add a paper flag to the top of the mast  Mould plasticine into the bottom of the boat.  Glue in place and make string rigging.  Fasten in place with extra tape.
  7. Make oars out of paper and cocktail sticks.  Pierce the sides of the boat with a bradawl and insert.  They will serve to keep the boat upright.

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