Launching Papier-Mâché Boats in the Lake


The beautiful boats are shaped in wire netting. The hull is clad with blank newspaper and VTR adhesive, and finally straw silk paper. Most importantly, the boats are coated with Paverpol, so they are water resistant. The older children from “Nørager Kindergarten” have tested this project. Help from adults is necessary for the shaping of the boats’ hulls and the chosen paper should not be too thick. We recommend blank newspaper. For decoration; add coloured paper or paint the boats. Coating with Paverpol is important to make the boats seaworthy. Adult help is required for this task because Paverpol sculptural glue is tricky for young children to spread evenly on the entire boat. School children will need less supervision for this activity. The fun part is the launching of the small boats. This is a wonderful outdoor activity - especially on a hot summer day.

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1   Nature-wise (Natural intelligence): Will it sink or will it float? Children's natural intelligence is enhanced when they learn the characteristics of different objects.
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2   Image-wise (spatial intelligence): Children's spatial intelligence is enhanced when modelling papier-mâché
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1   Shape the hull of the boat by bending a narrow piece of wire netting. “Sew the hull together” with floral wire.
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2   Cut strips of blank newspaper. Apply the pieces of newspaper layer-on-layer onto the wire netting using VTR adhesive.
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3   When the hull is covered inside and outside, either paint the hull or cover it with silk paper.
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4   Apply Paverpol onto the boat’s surfaces to make it water resistant. Let it dry. Now we can go sailing …
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