Viking ship model

Here are two possible methods of constructing a Longship. The first can be blown along on a flat surface because it has concealed ‘rollers’ and the other can float on water and can be blown along by the wind.


These parts are used to make the ‘roller’ version of the longship. The Sail is made from card and the mast is a plastic straw. The rollers are made from foam cylinders with short straws

through the middle as axles. The rectangular foam block allows the two card sides of the ship to be attached by paper fasteners.

kiking longship template b

This template was made using ‘microsoft publisher’. It should be enlarged to A4 landscape and should end up about 29cm long. The two raised ends have been left free to allow the addition of figureheads and wind vane. Two identical card ‘sides’ are needed and it saves time if you simply print one in one half of a piece of card then fold and cut symmetrically to obtain two copies.


The two raised ends of the card sides can be glued or stapled.

Holes are punched low down just where the curve of the hull front and rear levels and becomes horizontal. These holes allow fitting of the foam cylinder rollers via the plastic straw axles.

The foam block is positioned centrally and low down but not touching the ground. Two fasteners are used on each side to secure the ships sides.

It looks rather plain at the moment! I think I should have decorated the sides to look like planking and made the figurehead etc. before assembly! The sail should be patterned rather than be just a single colour.

It works though! It can be blown along the bench top quite easily.

The floating version can be made using a plastic milk bottle

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These pictures show a variety of ships and boats made by the children of Percy Main Primary School in North Tyneside.

First the bottles are cut in half along their length.

A foam block is fitted inside the ‘hull’ and this forms a base for the mast which is a wooden dowel. Card sails are then attached.

The first steps are the same for the Viking longship but we need to choose a milk bottle which isn’t too big or the card sides will be too small in comparison.

The foam block is positioned inside the hull and the pastic straw is positioned as with the roller version of the longship.

The card sides should be coloured appropriately and the figurehead added. The the card must be laminated to make it waterproof!

The ends are stapled as before to allow the middle parts to be opened out to fit around the milk carton hull. A hole punch strong enough to punch through the plastic milk carton is used to make 4 holes as high up as possible in the plastic hull. Paper fasteners are used as before to hold the sides in place through the punched holes in the hull.

The longship can be made more stable by placing some weights (ballast) in the hull. Plasticine is best for this job!


If you make a longship then send in your pictures and I’ll post them on this page!

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