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“Oar-some” model boat


This is a Viking long boat that AJ made for her homework this week. We picked up the instructions and templates here. At 10 years old, she was able to follow the instructions and do it pretty much by herself.

I sometimes think it is tough on my children as everyone wants to join in with this type of project. The other two children stood around dropping big hints that they wanted to make one. The parents hung around and wanted to suggest modifications, but the project had to be hers. She did allow us to make some suggestions. (I did help with some of the cutting out. I think it was to keep me from interfering anymore.)

We suggested using a fabric sail and wooden skewers for the sail, so that the sail could be lowered and pulled up again.

We had read that the Vikings may have had an advantage at sea as they understood how to make good use of their sail.

She added a straw with tissue paper, so that it works the same way as our fire breathing dragons. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that their boats were decorated to scare the locals and a fire breathing sea dragon would fit the bill. Imagine the sight of such a beast approaching your coastal village from the sea. Maybe at night. I’d run!

She fixed the shields on with metal split pins. Holds them secure, as well as adding embellishment to the shields. All the shields have the names of the owners written in runes on the front. Very sensible. I picked up some wood effect scrapbook paper, which she cut into planks and glued on the boat.

Also added six wooden skewer oars on each side and burlap sacks, which either hold supplies or their ill gotten loot. This is a battle ship, which is why it is low at the sides and open.


I grabbed a few photos before she whisked it off to school this morning. Not bad for an eleventh hour build…. inspiration is always more sharp at that hour I find. Good job too!

I’ve promised the others that they can make one too or something of their choice this half term, which starts in just a few hours. Glue stick to the ready! And yes, we have made lots of “Oar-some” jokes about it. Not sure we’ll have another chance.

(AJ has written a bit more about how she made her boat on her blog. Read it here. )


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