I just realized that I hadn't finished the posts about our Viking projects... (an earlier post)
"To the boats, lads! To the boats!"
Now we were on to the boats...
(Point by point might be easier to follow.)
We got our basic design from Technology in the Time of the Vikings by Peter Hicks. We borrowed it from our local library.
1. We drew a basic Viking longboat shape onto a piece of cardstock.
2. We cut it out - then traced it onto another piece of cardstock.
3. We stapled the ends together - gave it a little squeeze together to create a boat shape.
4. We used a piece of standard paper to trace the size and shape needed for the deck, and cut it out.
5. Then we cut that out and traced it to cardstock adding a 1 cm border (except at the bow and stern points, which needed to be kept to the pattern in order to fit back in the boat).
7. Then we painted the body of the boat and the deck.
8. To attach the deck cardstock to the body of the boat, we made small cuts in the outer edge of the deck cardstock and then stapled it in the body of the boat.
9. For a mast, we glued five popsicle / iceblock sticks together using a hot glue gun. We used one stick in the centre of the other other four to stabilise the mast and to create a slot at the top for the sail to attach. (see photo)
10. We attached the mast support to the deck with hot glue and cut a small slit in the deck for the mast to slide into. (nope, she's not seaworthy. :)
11. Then we slid the mast into the mast support and the hole in the deck. I turned the boat upside down and added a bit of hot glue for an extra solid mast. Those stormy northern seas can be rough on a ship, you know.
12. The boys spent time designing and decorating their own square sails. The we attached the sail to the mast by gluing a popsicle stick to the top of the sail - only at each end. That way we could slide the sail into the mast.
Now, that gave us the basics of the boat. We also added a top flag, shields around the outer edge (in true Viking flair), and a dragon masthead and tail.
This was a fun project with lots of designing and creative opportunities... for all of us.