A Nutty Tall Ship

     With the tall ships coming to Seattle this year, Marilyn was inspired to design a tall ship out of walnut shells. We think you'll have fun both making and playing with this project.
      CAUTION: Hot melt glue can burn you so you should get the help of an adult with the hot melt gluing so you don't burn yourself.

Here's what you'll need:
4 Walnuts'
6 Toothpicks
1 Wooden Skewer
Hot Melt Glue
A Piece of Paper

Carefully crack open the Walnuts so that you have perfect halves.
Clean out and eat the walnuts.
Place the walnut 1/2 shells face down on a flat surface in the shape of a boat hull (sort of). You should cover the surface with something so if you get glue on you won't get in trouble.
Glue them together where each shell touches the other.

Glue the Walnut Shells Together
Turn them over. Break a wooden skewer in two pieces for the masts with one being about 1" longer than the other.
Glue the short "mast" in the middle of the middle shell and the tall "mast" in the middle of the back shell.
Make the oars using toothpicks and small pieces of paper, 1/2" X 3/8". Glue the pieces of paper on to the end of each toothpick.
Glue three oars to each side of your tall ship.
Cut two pieces of paper for the sails. For the back sail make it 3" X 4" and for the front sail it should be 2 3/4" X 3 3/4".
On the short sides of each paper poke a small hole 1/2" down, in the middle, both top and bottom.
Poke the "masts" through the holes in the paper to form the sails. Use a small spot of glue to hold the sails in place.
A Nutty Tall Ship
Now go put your tall ship in a pond and wait for the wind to blow.

We really hope you enjoy our kid's projects. Marilyn puts forth a lot of effort each week to bring you these great ideas. She could really use your help with ideas for future newsletters. If you have a kid's project that would be suitable for our newsletter we'd love to share it with our readers. Just contact marilyn@runnerduck.com and we'll do the rest.

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