There was still some water left in our wading pool and given the severe drought we are suffering from here in Israel, I wanted to make sure we got every last ounce of usage out of that water before it is finally used to water plants and clean the porch. Then it came to me, why not show my children the simple joys of making folded paper boats! I sat down to see if I could remember how to actually make one, but my memory got me only as far as a paper hat, which didn't float very well! So I looked up how to actually make a boat, which resulted in the orange model above.
Nonetheless, paper hats would be fun to make, child-size from newspaper as my mother used to do for us, or from letter sized paper for stuffed animals and dolls! Children can draw on the boats or hats as my son did, or even decorate them with stickers, but I wouldn't invest too much time in them, as their lifespan is somewhat limited.
Paper folding in itself is a wonderful activity, especially for older children who can follow directions themselves and make multiples to use as decorations. There are many origami books on the market, as well as a specifically Jewish one, so spend some time encouraging your children to learn some new paper folding tricks, and they'll use them over and over again!
For complete paper boat folding instructions within this blog, click here.