Canoe Crafts for Kids


Canoe craft projects provide a useful supplemental activity to learning about Native American history or outdoorsmanship. Taking a ride in a real canoe may inspire you to try and create your own canoe craft. Canoe-themed crafts can be done at school or at home.

Birch Bark Canoe

  • To make a miniature birch bark canoe, collect strips of birch bark and cut a strip of bark 3 inches wide and about 5 inches long. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and cut a 1/2-inch "V" into each end of the strip. Overlap the ends of the bark where you made the cuts until the top edges are even. Glue them in place to form the shape of a canoe. Use a waterproof glue if you want to try to get your canoe to float.

Paper Canoe

  • Fold a brown sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise. Make another lengthwise fold 1/2 inch from the center fold, but fold it in the opposite direction as the center fold. Repeat on the other side so that you have something shaped like a "W." This forms a bottom for the canoe to sit on. Place the folded paper on a table and draw the shape of a canoe on it. Make sure that the folded bottom stays intact as you cut curves off of both ends. Remove the bottom corners. Punch holes through the ends and weave them together with yarn or string to close up the ends of the canoe. Stretch out the bottom folds a bit so that the canoe will stand up.

Decorative Clay Canoe

  • Mix together by hand 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of flour in a bowl. If the dough is too sticky to work with, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough reaches a workable consistency. Don't let the dough get too dry or it can crack. Take a ball of the dough and work it into the shape of a canoe. Press it on a baking sheet so that the back of it flattens. Bake it in a 250 degree oven until it is completely dry, usually between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Remove the canoe from the oven and let it cool completely. Decorate it with acrylic paint or glue on beads. When it is all dry, you can glue it to a magnet or a pin back.

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