Origami Boat Race

My family has long been fans of making and sailing paper boats, an idea we got from our beloved book, H.A. Rey’s Curious George Rides a Bike. In the book, George secures a paper route, which leads him to make and sail a whole flotilla of folded-newspaper boats. Over the years, we’ve taken our origami boats down to a local creek, where they indeed sailed along once released, on the gently flowing spring stream. We were thrilled to learn that our local Mill Valley Public Library was teaching kids how to make their own origami boats (which they cleverly dipped in wax), before holding a boat race in the local creek.

What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week than by making a version of Curious George’s paper boat and joining local children in releasing the boats into a creek for a race?


Follow these directions to make your own paper boat.

This activity was adapted from Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which contains 300+ fun family activities.

You might also like:

How To: Make a Paper Boat
Celebrating 100 Years of the Mill Valley Libary
Rich in Kindness, Poor in Money: All-of-a-Kind Family Children’s Book


Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman

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5 responses to “Origami Boat Race

  1. Oh I just love this simple yet fun idea!

  2. I love this idea. I’ve been thinking about introducing origami to my kids, and combing it with something active is a great idea! After it stops raining and the creeks go down a bit, this will be the perfect activity!

  3. Great! Love this idea and will be a nice new activity for the kiddos!!! We can sit under the oak trees and make paper boats then when it cools down take them to the tank. Thanks!!!

  4. Hello Mel and Weekend Cowgirl and welcome Kate (first-time commenter!), I’m so glad that you all resonate with this sweet activity. Your comments capture the relaxation and fun of creating the boats and then the added joy of actually sailing them. Please let me know when you do this!

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