England + Ireland Unit: Sir Francis Drake Ship

Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in a single expedition, and he did it in a ship called the Golden Hind. The ship was originally known as the Pelican, but Drake renamed her mid-voyage in 1578 in honor of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose crest was a golden hind, which is a female red deer. (Not what you were probably thinking. 😂) Let’s make a model of a ship inspired by the Golden Hind!

What you need:
What to do:

Cut the paper plate in half and paint the outer sides brown.

While the paint dries, cut your white felt (or paper) into two 5×7″ rectangles. Cut four small holes along the center of each sail to thread your dowels through. (You may also want to trim your dowels to about 10″.)

Next, cut six small yellow circles (about 1″ across) and six slightly smaller black circles out of paper. Glue the black circles onto the middle of the yellow circles to make six porthole windows.

Cut a small rectangle out of white cardstock or construction paper and use the red marker to create an English flag.

Cut small holes in the toilet paper tube so you can thread the dowels through it. (The dowels will be your ship masts.)

Now your ship is ready to assemble! Start by gluing the three windows to each side of the ship.

Next, use your hot glue to attach the two sides of the ship together. (It should look like a boat at this point.)

Glue the toilet paper tube in the middle of the boat, making sure that the holes are on top. Thread one sail onto each dowel.

Glue your flag onto the top of one of the dowels.

You’re ready to set sail for adventure! Tip: To get the ship to stand on it’s own, clip two binder clips to the bottom like this:

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