How to Fold Paper Boats


Paper Boat

Once you learn how to fold paper boats, you can start the camping regatta creek races! Using regular office paper, newspaper, or magazine pages, you can make a buoyant little boat that can ride the rapids of your local stream. For some more added entertainment, bring some markers and stickers to give the paper boats some character.

Now I’m a visual learner, so for those of you out there (like me), I’ve included verbal and pictorial step-by-step instructions to fold a paper boat. And for the record…the actual folding was done by my eight-year-old son (pictured below). He taught himself how to do this from the Curious George book?! The moral of the story is that you should be able to teach your campers how to make this boat after some trial-and-error practice at home!

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Steps to Fold Paper Boats

Step 1: Fold the piece of paper in half length-wise.

Step 2: Fold the paper in half again.

Step 3: Unfold the piece of paper from the 2nd fold.

Step 4: Fold the corners of the paper to the center crease.

Step 5: Fold the bottom rectangles up on each side.

Step 6: Grab the center of the front and back and pull apart to make a square. This can be tricky – look at the picture.

Step 7: Now fold each of the bottom triangles up to the top to form three triangles that neatly line up (sorry…that’s the best verbal description that I could come up with).

Step 8: And just like Step 6, grab the centers of the front and back pieces and pull apart to make a aquare.

Step 9: Pull the top two corners apart – these become the bow and stern or front and back of your paper boat.

Paper Boat Maker

Learning how to fold paper boats is easy and fun for some impromptu camp or outdoor games. And like paper airplanes, they don’t take very long to learn how to make. Keep practicing….you’ll get the hang of it. Also, be sure to collect the paper boats out of the stream as they are not good for our fishy & woodland friends.

Another option is to buy a pack of small paper food trays (used for fries and chips) and have your campers decorate and race them.

Have fun!



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