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We thought it would be fun to learn a new folded boat since we haven’t been using the pool for much of anything lately. This folded catamaran is pretty easy and we did a float test along with the traditional paper boat.
Here’s how to make your own. Start with a square sheet of paper (this is a very thick paper because that’s what was easiest to grab). If you’re going for a certain color on the outside, start with the color down. Fold in half.
Open the paper up and fold both sides in to the center fold.Open up and turn 1/4 of a turn. Fold in half again.
Open up and fold the outsides in to the center again. Open once again.Now fold a corner to an opposite corner, open and repeat with the other side.
Next you’re going to open it up and turn the paper over. Fold a corner into the center.
Repeat with all 4 corners. Open up and turn over again.
Now you’re going to fold the two sides in. As you do allow the top to fold out as in this picture.
When it’s flat it looks like this (mine keeps popping open but that’s ok)Do the same to the bottom.
Now you’re going to turn the whole thing over and see the square on the top? You’re just going to fold that in half finishing off the catamaran!
It floats just as good, if not better than a traditional paper boat. But why not try it yourself! See how many LEGO bricks, coins, or stones each one can hold before sinking. (Bathtubs or bowls work too)
I don’t think I have to remind you – but always watch your kids around water!