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Catherine Romano blogs about crafty projects for kids and parents

When we lived in New York City, the unofficial kick-off to summer was Fleet Week (which usually coincided with Memorial Day). From May 25 to June 1, United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard military ships dock at the piers on the west side of Manhattan and the crews spend time exploring the city (making for a sea of military uniforms in every pocket of the city). While the ships are docked, the public is allowed to participate in guided tours of the vessels and other special events.

Last May, my son was old enough to appreciate Fleet Week.  We could see all the docked ships from our apartment building rooftop, igniting an interest in ships, boats, and military women and men. So in honour of Fleet Week, I decided to make a vessel (and telescope), right here in our new home.


  • Collection of recycled household boxes
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Straws

Instructions for the Boat:
1. Make a quick sketch of a boat or ship
2. Select the most appropriate boxes for your design.
3. Cover each box with construction or tissue paper.
4. Assemble your boxes, using your sketch as a guideline.
5. Cut out the details (windows, sails) and attach to the boat.

Instructions for the Telescope:
1. Wrap an empty paper towel roll in tissue paper.
2. Cut out decorative elements and attach to the scope.

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto from New York City. Since making a few of her dreams come true in the Big Apple, completing graduate school and working in arts management at New York City Ballet, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom to her young son. Now, back in Toronto, she embarks on an exciting adventure with her new love and lively 3-year-old son. For more art, design and culture for kids and parents, check out Catherine’s blog, sweet spectacle and follow her on Twitter @catromano

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