Storytime with Hopper and Wilson: Paper Boat Adventure


After reading Hopper and Wilson (one of the books we sent out in March), we were inspired to make a newspaper boat and take an adventure of our own. If you’re looking for a fun and quick storytime activity to do with your kiddos, you may want to try this at home too!

We made our adventurers first and then the boat, but do it in any order that works best for you!

What You’ll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Colored Pencils/Markers/Crayons
  • Cardstock (optional, but recommended)
  • Tongue depressors (optional, but recommended)
  • Glue/tape


Either download and print Boo and his friend Reggie here or draw your own adventurers. Then simply color, and cut them out. We recommend printing on cardstock and mounting on tongue depressors so your characters are even more ready for action!






The Newspaper Boat:

  1. Start with a sheet of newspaper folded in half (just like it comes normally).

  2. To get the right proportions at the end, we found it worked best to cut a couple inches (3-5) off the bottom of the paper right from the beginning.


  3. Then fold the paper half. Make a crease, and unfold.

  4. Fold the top corner (where the fold is, not the loose edge) down to the center. Follow with the other side.


  5. Now fold the first layer of the loose edge up and fold the corners behind the triangle portion.



  6. Flip it over, and fold the other loose edge up to be even.


  7. Now open it up, and rotate/fold it until it makes a diamond, with the open edge toward you.



  8. Fold the first loose corner up to match the top corner, flip it over and repeat.



  9. Open and rotate/fold into a square again as you did on Step 7.



  10. Now grab the top corners and pull them out.


  11. Pull the edges up a bit, and fill out the center with your hand until it looks like you want it to.


Now you’re ready for your adventure! Travel safely! We’d love to see what you make–send them to us on Instagram (@bookroo_love) or Facebook!

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