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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.
Design/drawing, paper folding, craft
Paper boats, waterproofing, folding, colour
A5 – A4 paper
Pencil & eraser
Markers/crayons/pencils OR paint & brushes
Step 1: Reading
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.
- Talk to children about how boats are used in the Torres Strait. It is the main form of transport between islands; boats are used for fishing and to transport food and supplies between islands. You can find many types of boats in the Torres Strait from dinghies, barges and ferries.
- In the book Brilliant Boats, children are introduced to many different types of boats. Ask them about boats that they have been on or have seen.
Step 2: Planning / Decorating
Decorate one side of your paper using wax crayons. Ask children to think about their colour and design choices.
- Explain that by covering the bottom of the boat with wax crayon, the boats will become waterproof and will be able to sail on water.
Step 4: Constructing your Brilliant Boat
Using the instructional video start constructing your Brilliant Boat!
- This boat may seem quite complicated to make as there are many steps in the process. When acquiring any new skill, it can require patience and perseverance. Motivate and encourage children to practise making the boats and to succeed at the challenge.
- If attempting activity with younger children, or for the first time, A5 paper works much better as it is easier for smaller hands to colour and fold.
Last updated: 23rd September 2011
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