On the first Sunday of September every year, Venetians celebrate an ancient victorious battle by racing boats down the city’s maze of canals. This month at Lonely Planet Kids, we’re celebrating Venice’s Historic Regatta with a step-by-step guide to making your own origami paper boat.

Follow the instructions below or download and print our activity sheet to make your own paper boat to sail in water!

You will need:

A4 coloured paper

A bowl of water (optional)

STEP ONE

Fold the A4 paper in half widthways, then fold in half again widthways.

STEP TWO

Unfold your paper once, then fold in the top two corners, making two triangles.

STEP THREE

Fold up one side of the bottom strip beneath the triangle.

STEP FOUR

Turn the paper over and fold two small triangles from the other side over onto this side, then fold the bottom two corners, to make four small triangles.

STEP FIVE

Fold up the bottom strip beneath the triangle on this side.

STEP SIX

Turn the paper on its side and pull the sides out to open up in a cup shape, then fold across the opposite way to make a flat square.

STEP SEVEN

Fold the top layer of the bottom half of the square upwards.

STEP EIGHT

Turn over and fold up the entire bottom half of the square to make a triangle.

STEP NINE

Open your paper out in the middle and then fold across the opposite side to before. Hold the top two corners and pull out sideways – your boat is made!

STEP TEN

Set sail by floating your boat in a bowl of water.

Make more boats and you’ll have your own paper boat race scene!

Feeling inspired? Check out last month’s Lonely Planet Kids activity.