September 15, 2020

Civil War Era Kids Craft: Paper Boats | How to


What kid doesn't like playing with paper boats? It seems like magic that you can make a boat out of paper and even more so that paper can hold out water! You might find that kids today have never made or have seen paper boats and will find them as exciting and novel as kids in the 1860s and before.  

The instructions call for a piece of paper 6" x 4" but we also had luck with 8.5" x 11" sheets. They can be a little tricky to make so you might have to help the first few times but they'll get it eventually. These instructions are from The Boy's Own Toy-Maker (1859) but can be a little confusing, especially to younger readers. I've included a short video tutorial to try to clear things up a little bit.


Please let me know if you are interested in more Civil War kids activities or if there's a certain game or toy you'd like me to write about. 

  

These instructions are from The Boy's Own Toy-Maker (1859.) 




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