Rather ironically, given that this blog is supposed to be mainly about an old iron boat, some of the most consistently popular posts have been about folding paper boats!

So today, just for fans of such posts here’s another one…

ps. get folding – it really is lots of fun!

If you don’t know how to do it:


If you want to have boat races, try making balloon and paper plate boats instead. Gather plastic flexible straws, Styrofoam or plasticized paper plates, tape, scissors, and latex balloons.

Use the scissors to cut off the lip of the balloon. Insert the plastic straw part way into the balloon, and tape the balloon securely to the straw. Poke a hole in the center of the plate with a pencil. Insert the straw through the hole in the plate, and bend the straw at the joint. Inflate the balloon by blowing through the straw. Remember to put your finger over the end of the straw to trap in the air.

Launch the boats at the starter’s signal by letting go of the straw and allowing the air to escape. Make sure the straw is under water when the boat is launched. The boat that travels the greatest distance before running out of air is declared the winner.

or why not just watch this…


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