How To Make a Paper Boat – Curious George Rides a Bike

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Welcome to our second post in the Poppins Book Nook! April’s theme was Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. We decided to explore the theme a little further and read “Curious George Rides a Bike” by H.A. Rey. My oldest son LOVES Curious George. This is actually one of the original Curious George books and I was lucky enough to find it in an antique store.

Learn how to fold a paper boat like Curious George!

Curious George Rides a Bike” is pretty awesome. It has a lot of transportation themed stuff going on. George gets a bicycle from his friend, the man in the yellow hat. He ends up crossing paths with the newspaper delivery boy who gives him some newspapers to deliver.

Well, George is always very curious and he ends up making paper boats out of the newspapers! George ends up damaging his bike and running into a traveling circus that wants him to participate in the show! Curious George gets into trouble when he feeds an ostrich a bugle, but as always, he redeems himself by tracking down an escaped bear cub!

There are actually instructions inside the book for how to make a paper boat! This is one of the reasons I chose that as our activity for the book. 

How to fold a paper boat in the book.

How To Make a Paper Boat

I’m going to walk you through step-by-step how we made paper boats out of newspaper!

Step 1

How To Fold a Paper Boat

Fold one sheet of newspaper in half.

Step 2 

paper 2

Fold in half again with the open end toward the bottom.

Step 3

paper 3

Fold the top corners over like so.

Step 4

paper 4

Fold up the bottom edge of the front side.

Step 5

paper 5

Flip it over, and fold up the bottom edge of this side.

Step 6

paper 6

Pull it apart like this. It makes a hat!

Step 7

paper 7

After pulling apart, flatten so you have a square. Leave the open end pointing toward the bottom.

Step 8

paper 8

Fold up the bottom edge like so.

Step 9

paper 9

Flip over and fold up the edge on this side.

Step 10

paper 10

Pull apart again just as you did before. This will make a smaller hat. Then pull the top corners out to form your boat!

paper 11

Now it’s time to see if it floats!

paper 12

There are lots of other fun things you can do with this book. Ride bikes, navigate a bicycle obstacle course, or learn about traveling circuses!

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  1. Curious George is always a hit at our house too! I’ve often wondered how those paper boats really float – but it looks like they do, so that’s what matters! (Although my daughter probably would have stopped when she realized she made a hat and been happy with that! lol!)

  2. My kids love that mischievous monkey! I love the boat idea. I would never figure it out but your picture tutorial is wonderful! We’ll have to try them!

  3. My kids love Curious George. We are going to have to try our hand at making a newspaper boat!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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