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Easy tugboat paper craft for kidsTugboat Paper Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

This tugboat is a simple cut and paste paper craft with simple pieces that is easy for young children to make.

A tugboat ("tug") is a boat that pushes or tows other things in the water. Tugs move vessels that either should not move themselves, such as boats in a narrow canal, or those that cannot move by themselves, such as barges or broken ships. The tugboats I'm most used to seeing are the ones that pull big groups of logs floating on the water from the forest where they are cut down to the mill where they are chopped into the wood we use for houses, furniture and fences!


Craft Instructions:

  • Optional: Sometimes if doing the project with a group, instead of providing the paper template pieces to the kids, I will make cardboard tracers that they can use. To do this:
    • print out the black and white template and cut out (or you can hand draw your own pieces)
    • adult traces these pieces onto a piece of cardboard (old cereal boxes or the cardboard backs of paper pads work well)
    • provide these cardboard templates to the children for them to trace onto construction paper.

Tugboat Paper CraftTemplates:

Template 1     color   or   B&W

Template 2     color   or   B&W




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