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Brilliant Boats for exploring the stormy seas


Using the book Brilliant Boats by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker as a literary launching pad, the activity will see children constructing their very own boats using simple materials and simple instructions from an instructional video – and then go out to explore the seas.


Boats are an important part of Torres Strait Island history and contemporary lifestyle. Boats are used for fishing, pearling and travel between islands. They are also a symbol for travel and adventure. Creative play with these waterproofed boats provides an opportunity for naturally curious children to explore and investigate the world.

Key concepts

Design/drawing, paper folding, craft

Key language

Paper boats, waterproofing, folding, colour


A5 – A4 paper
Pencil & eraser
Markers/crayons/pencils OR paint & brushes

Activity steps

Step 1: Reading Brilliant Boats

Read the book Brilliant Boats by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. In the book, children explore many different types of boats and what they are used for.


Step 2: Planning / Decorating

Decorate one side of your paper using wax crayons. Ask children to think about their colour and design choices.

Step 4: Constructing your Brilliant Boat

Using the instructional video start constructing your Brilliant Boat!



Last updated: 23rd September 2011

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