(Make your own cereal-boat)
Recommended Ages 8-14
Arts and Culture Disciplines:
- Historic Buildings, Landmarks
- 1 cereal box
- Paddlewheel Craft Belle of Louisville Video
- Breakdown the cereal box into large sections. (See video)
- Making the hull
- Decide on a hull size. (In the video I chose 4 ½ inches by 9 inches. Cut out a piece from the cereal box matching your hull size.
- Using tape attach 1 inch “walls” to the front (bow) and sides of your hull.
- Important: do NOT attach the wall for the back (stern). You will need to attach the wheel first.
- Making the wheel
- Cut out 2 cardboard circles that are the same size. (The circles in the video are around 2 inches in diameter.)
- Cut out 6 “bucket” planks. (About ½ an inch tall and 3 ½ inches wide.)
- Cut 6 shallow grooves along the edges of each circle piece. Important: make sure the grooves are evenly spaces and they match for each circle. (You can lightly tape the circles together to make sure the cuts match.)
- Attach the buckets to your circles. (You can use tape to hold the bucket in the grooves if needed.)
- Cut out 2 “arms” about ½ inch tall and 3 inches long. (You may need to make them larger or smaller depending on the size of your wheel.)
- Using Tape attach the arms to the wheel. (One arm attaches to each circle.)
- Attaching the wheel
- Using tape, attach your wheel to the stern of the hull.
- Attach the last wall section to the stern of your hull.
- Important: check all walls for possible leaks. Make sure to tape every edge or possible gap.
- Making the pilot house
- Cut out 3 wall pieces and 1 roof piece. (Try to make sure they are roughly the same size)
- Tape the 3 walls together.
- Tape the roof to your walls.
- Attach the walls to your hull.
Your Cereal-Boat is now complete! You can test her out in a sink or bucket of water to see how long she floats. Have fun!
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