I'd be very surprised if you said to me that you have never made a paper boat before. They are a play staple from our own childhood and go back much further than that. How much further? I'm not sure - Google it and let me know!
This post isn't going to be about how to make them (Red Ted Art have a great video for that) or even why to make them. My aim in this post is to show you how simple changes to your play set-up can influence a child's interest and therefore the length of time they spend on the activity. Now saying that, there are always going to be days and times when a child is not interested and that's OK. It's not our job to dictate their play and they should be free to pick and choose as they please. But I do believe it is our job to intrigue and entice them with new ideas and concepts and follow their lead from there.