Perhaps an old Viking would have a hard time recognizing this as his own ship, but all of the elements of the ship are here: striped sail, flat hull, oars, colorful shields, and the all-seeing eye. The hulls can be made cheaply by buying balsa in chunk form, and cutting mass-production style on a bandsaw.
While the hull is drying, paint the shields, which are made beforehand by punching out circles from thin sheet cork.
The Gokstad ship and other artifacts can be seen at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. The Viking Achievement: The society and culture of early medieval Scandinavia by Peter Foote and David M. Tip: To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. Hi, I've found a couple of sites which give accounts of recreations of viking longship journeys, in case you're interested in having a look.
Reid has been obsessed with completing this, but over the last few weeks there has been little time available for cardboard boat building. This weekend we finally had some time and he brought out the instructions sent home which were very good.  We modified them a bit so he could produce this nautical masterpiece.
The middle band was punctured with a sharp object and a skewer was used as the mast.  We experimented with several different objects like straws and cardboard to see what would work the best, but the wooden skewer seemed to be the answer. Some of the extra cardboard was folded over so that a dragon head was cut out.  A flap was left at the bottom so that it formed a triangle at the base of the dragon neck which could be attached and unattached* to the prow. Another long piece of cardboard was folded over and trimmed so that it could be used to attach the sail to the mast.  The sail was made out of 2 pieces of regular white printer paper and stapled inside this long piece of cardboard and set onto the mast.
Reid used brown paint for the ship, striped the sail with red and painted red medallions to decorate the Viking Ship. To get the most enjoyment and educational value out of our trip, we’ve been learning a bit about Norway. I printed off a map of the area we’ll be cruising, plus a map from the cruise line showing our complete route from Dover. The children looked at our printed itinerary and located on the map each of the ports we’ll be visiting. I found pictures of each of the ports we’ll be stopping at on Google Images and added text labels using iPiccy, before printing them. Here’s a great orchestral version of the famous In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. I completed our set of pictures with the Norwegian flag, a map of the area we’re cruising, and the map of our route.
I printed off and laminated two contact sheets of the pictures* and we played memory pairs, which also gave us practice saying and hearing the Norwegian place names. But about halfway through the book I realised I wasn’t getting enough pronunciation practice, so I switched to the free Memrise course Norwegian with Sound for Friends and Family. To take away with us I’ve bought a pocket-sized phrase book which comes with a pronunciation CD. As part of our trip preparations we’ve reviewed what we learned about the Vikings back in September. Fjords are found in locations where current or past glaciation extended below current sea level. I showed the children a Brainpop video about glaciers, and some photos of U-shaped valleys.
To do this, we put some garden soil in a container, and added some small rocks and pebbles. We left the container in the freezer overnight and next day discovered the earth and rocks were completely stuck to the ice!* We talked about how the earth and rocks would be pulled downhill as a real glacier slowly moved.
Apparently written Danes and Norwegians can easily understand eachothers’ written language, but spoken language is more difficult because of differences in pronunciation. Thanks for those tips, Julie, I’d been wondering how best to make the most of our day in Oslo. Also, I am the same way when I go to a new country–I absolutely MUST learn some of the language and have always found it very rewarding to do so.
What a great unit study – I can’t wait to hear about your trip and I have had a similar experience with lamination!


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This superbly shaped Viking longship is made from a cereal box about the size of an A4 page. Halloween Mobiles on Black PaperMake a cardboard template as explained on the printed PDF and use the template to draw CAT and MOUSE shapes on black paper. There are many art and construction ideas available in books and on-line for the other feasts and celebrations during the school year especially Easter, Christmas and Halloween. Simply draw out a dragon bow head that you like on a piece of chipboard, cardboard, or posterboard. Simply draw out a dragon's tail rudder you like on a piece of chipboard, cardboard, or posterboard.
Another great tip that will make rigging your boat easier is to carefully cut small slots at the top of your mast. The more time you spend on adding string for your rigging, the more realistic your viking ship will look. You can add colored shields to the sides of your Viking Ship, flags or any cool thing you can think of.
October 20, 2014 by Sara McClure 4 Comments If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. While the paint was drying, Jonah was in charge of measuring lines with a ruler on a piece of cardstock and coloring the red stripes on the viking boat sail.
Once the edges were reinforced, I used my scissors to poke a hole through the top and bottom in the center of the sail.
To make the oars, I used a single hole punch to punch three holes in each side of the boat. Next, we threaded three barbeque skewers into the holes and used some brown craft foam hot glued to each end to form the paddle on the oar.
To make the dragon head on the front of the viking boat, I folded a piece of brown craft foam in half and roughly cut a dragon profile. I just love the whole viking post and the viking ship is an awesome idea for kids, just love it! The toothpicks stick easily into the soft balsa, but if preferred, punch starting holes with an awl first.
Make a starting hole in the deck with an awl, put glue on the end of the stick, and push into place.
This action would turn the wood as the carpenter worked on shaping the wood with the help of other tools.
She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities. They noticed how far inland Oslo seems, and traced the fjords which connect Norway’s capital city to the sea. For Oslo I also selected a few landmarks we might spot – famous statues, the harbour and the giant ski jump. It comes with a CD Rom which the children and I had fun with, guessing the rooms in a house or food items in a kitchen, for example. A fjord is formed when a glacier retreats, after forming its typical U-shaped valley, and the sea level rises to fill the valley floor. We then made our own mini-glacier to see how glacial plucking changes the landscape as a glacier moves through it. Then we poured in water to represent the glacier’s liquid base layer (caused by pressure), and piled ice cubes on top for the solid glacier. I wondered if we used too much water because the whole block of earth froze, so we tried it again with less water, but the whole block froze again. We don’t do many unit studies either, but it seemed a good approach for preparing for our trip.
We were lucky enough to have a July trip to Rome scheduled so I felt I HAD to do it justice before we went! I remember learning a bit of Greek the first time I went abroad with my family when I was eleven. We’re just back from Norway today, and doing these activities before we went really did help so much engage them with where we visited.


I just love Grieg, but have forgotten about him for a while, grateful for the reminder and been enjoying listening to him again. It\'s your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised! Then cut of the excess tape that was left out over the front by cutting along the edge of your dragon's head. If you aren't using a mast with a flat end (like a pencil or a chopstick) you can wrap the end in tape, and once it's thick enough you can cut out the slots. I like to start off by making holes at the corners and a few more on each side of the viking ship's hull. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies — you just may be surprised!
I used a skinny, but sturdy cardboard tube that was recycled from a package of glow sticks.
This forms a narrow, steep sided inlet (sometimes deeper than 1300 metres) connected to the sea.
It’s been great but it’s going to take us another year to finish ?? Luckily the Vikings came quite early on, so at least we covered that before we go to Norway!
Make the stem and leaves of a daffodil from the largest square and use the remaining paper to make the star and cup shapes.Click the picture to open a full colour instruction sheet. Next, use the ruler to draw a straight line from point to point all the way around the carton. Add two or three first row layers, until you no longer see through to any printing on the carton. Using hot glue along the top and bottom edges, I reinforced the viking sail with barbeque skewers. The Vikings put eyes on the prows of their ships in the belief that the eye would make the ship see its way, and they would not get lost (something went wrong on the voyage to America). Put a dab of glue on the back of each shield, and fasten to the hull temporarily with a straight pin. Some say this had religious or magical significance, and others that the colors were used because these were the ones the Vikings knew how to make best.
The steering oar is pushed up through the back of the hull, with the thin end poking out for a tiller effect. C(9) said this was the best science we’d done in ages, though, so it must have served its purpose. All the instructions are given on the 3-page PDF booklet.This consruction is well within the capabilities of 5th and 6th class children and it integrates well with aspects of the History curriculum. Thanks for visiting!While learning about Vikings during our Viking Unit Study, the kids wanted to make a Viking ship.
At any rate, the stripes were there, since their cloth was woven in narrow widths, and even today it is recognized that sails are stronger if made in this fashion.
There is wide scope for creativity in painting the ship and designing the sail (see page 3 of the instructions).Click the image to download the instructions. I like to add two layers of tape for each taped row, ensuring that you will not see through to the printing on the milk carton.
I punched holes across the top of my sail and carefully tied it to a 5-inch skewer, also doing the same at the bottom. Using some common household materials and some recycled materials, we came up with a Viking Ship Craft that has been played with over and over and extended their learning through small world play.
Your Vikings will definitely want to use these when they run out of wind while sailing the high seas of your living room. I often find the kids, mainly Jonah, pretending Lego men are Erik the Red on a voyage or Leif Erickson on his way to North America.



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