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The Blue Boat in the Blue Ocean

by on Oct 16th, 2011

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When thinking of an art activity for kids, you have to stick with the things they love and are familiar with, and take advantage of that. In our toddler class, most of our kids love cars, trains, boats and airplanes! — which is why we decided to include modes of transportation as one of our themes for this year. However, even before we get to that theme, we already tackled a few of these for a different topic.

While on our lesson on the color blue, we showed the kids pictures of the clean blue ocean and how beautiful it was. The topic quickly progressed to the different boats lying on the ocean and the many fishes swimming around. Hence, we decided to let the kids make some blue boats as an extension to our lesson.

What you will need:

  • Tissue core
  • Blue cellophane
  • Blue paint
  • Popsicle stick
  • Drawing paper (Oslo paper)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Blue paper (for the flag)

What you will do:

Teacher’s Preparation:

Step 1: Cut the tissue core in half (this will be used as the base of the boat)


Step 2: Cut some paper to make the flag (we used the square shape since it was in line with our topic)

Step 3: Cut some blue cellophane

Step 4: Punch a hole into the tissue core and insert the popsicle stick

Kid’s Turn

Step 1: Paint the tissue core

Step 2: Glue the blue cellophane to the bottom part of your drawing paper and then draw some clouds and other random stuff in the sky


Step 3: Glue the flag to the boat (we let the kids write their initials before pasting it to the pole)

Step 5: Let it dry and voila!



I found the activity to be really simple but was surprised to see how much the kids loved it. They played with their boats the entire time and kept telling me how their boats are floating in the big blue ocean that they made!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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