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Origami Boat

The origami boat is easy to make, and is also a fun action toy. 


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All over the world, the rainy season will see many kids building boats. 

These actually float! 

They can also be waterproofed to last longer.  Let's start folding.

Begin with a rectangular piece of paper. 

Fold it in half as shown.  Then partially fold it again, making a crease near the top:

ready to make origami boat   


origami-boat folded rectangle


origami-boat-creased rectangle



Here you can see the crease in the photo below left.  This helps you line up the corners which you fold down as shown below:

origami-boat-crease mark


origami-boat-corners folded


origami-boat-corners creased



Now fold each edge of the paper upwards as shown.  Use your fingers to open up into a hat!  You can stop at the hat, or continue on to the boat.

hat taking shape



looks like origami hat


origami hat! 



Bring the corners of the hat brim towards each other.  The edges of the brim will be pushed outwards.  It's kind of like you're "squashing" the hat into a square:

turning the hat into an origami boat


origami-boat-squash folding the hat 


hat squashed



Now take one lower corner of the square and fold it upwards.  Flip the piece over and do the same for the other corner. 

You now have a folded triangle.  Open up the folded triangle, bring the corners together...

folding boat


still folding boat


boat and finger


...again, "squash" the triangle into a square (below middle photo). 

Now pull the outer corners of the square, one in each hand. 

Keep pulling to unfold your boat. 

We like to turn the boat over and expand the hole in the bottom.  This will help it balance and float better. 

origami-boat-folded square


boat folded


boat unfolding



still unfolding boat


boat unfolded


bottom of boat



Now we just need some water to float our origami boat!

completed origami boat


Here is a video showing the folding of this origami boat.


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