By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, April 17th, 2008 at 9:45 am in Crafts.
As children, we spent many happy hours playing with small paper boats we’d folded out of magazine pages, tin foil and anything that boasted some level of seaworthiness – or puddle-worthiness, anyway. Our grandmother’s garden had a large mossy cistern for collecting rainwater and on a hot day, we’d lean against the cool concrete sides, and float a flotilla of tiny boats. Later, we branched out into rubber band-powered styrofoam, bars of Ivory soap, walnut shell boats and, eventually, some store-bought kits, which were not nearly as much fun as the homespun variety.
You too? Then wait’ll you hear about this, a Viking ship made out of 15 million popsicle sticks! Some 5,000 school children worked on this project and the craft is currently at sea. It’s sailing to England and then Iceland, Greenland and North America: