Green Life – taking father’s day outside

by Jen in father's day,Green life,origami,origami boat,outdoor play

Who said that father’s day had to be all about ties and coffee mugs? Last year we took mother’s day outside and this year we are doing the same for father’s day. One of our favourite places in the city is our local ravine. It really is a hidden jewel tucked into our ‘hood.
father's day outside in ravine
The best thing about visiting the ravine is racing leaves in the creek. I clearly remember doing the exact same thing when I was a little girl. Dropping a tiny leaf into the creek and watching it float it’s way through the twists and turns somehow felt magical. After last weekend’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla we have been thinking about boats…lots and lots of different boats. So, for father’s day we thought it would be fun to make some origami boats and take them over to our ravine for a little race! Making origami boats is actually quite easy. Here is how we did it.

Using a piece of origami paper, fold 2 opposites sides to meet in the middle…

origami boat

Fold each corner into the middle, creating points on either end of the paper…

origami boat

Fold the top of each point into the middle…

origami boat

Fold the top point into the middle…

origami boat

Now is the tricky part…open along the middle line…

origami boat

Turn the paper inside out…

origami boat

Press down the folds and your boat is done!

origami boat
As I said, the floatila last weekend really inspired this craft so it only seemed fitting that we name and decorate out little boats. Make them a little more festive.
origami boats

This father’s day we’ll be hitting the road to visit our puppy (we are aiming to visit every other weekend until we can bring him home) and when we get back home we’ll be grabbing our boats and setting sail in our lovely, little ravine.

Will you be taking your father’s day outside this year?
Amanda June 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

what fantastic boats! We’re going to a Pirate festival this year for fathers day. Should be fun.


Kristin June 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love these boats! I think we’ll make them this weekend (too bad Dad is out of the country at the moment) Found you via The Magic Onions. Thanks for sharing.

April's Homemaking June 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I agree about celebrating outdoors, we went to a beautiful garden park on Mother’s Day and we have a special hike planned for Father’s Day, can’t wait. Enjoy your Father’s Day Weekend, your boats look like a lot of fun, and of course visiting your puppy sounds wonderful as well, we all love dogs. :)

happyhooligans June 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

These boats are adorable! We need to float some in our pond. :)

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