If you don’t have the materials listed below, we still have free Material Kits available! The kits have everything you need to do the crafts (except for scissors, glue/tape and coloring items). Call the History Museum at 650-299-0104 for availability.

The 15th Annual Maritime Day will be held virtually on the History Museum website on Saturday, April 24. The event highlights the Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World exhibit that includes 24 model ships handcrafted by Charles Parsons.

Two young visitors make a boat craft at Maritime Day at the San Mateo History Museum
A young boy makes a boat craft at Maritime Day at the San Mateo History Museum

Kid Crafts:

  • design their own model ship
  • build a model lighthouse
  • create their own cargo
  • design a piece of blue willow ‘china’
  • build their own treasure box
Image of Model Boat Craft

Make a Model Ship

Supplies

  • hot dog boat
  • craft sticks
  • corks
  • pony beads
  • wood shapes
  • paper (white or color)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers (or color pencils, or crayons)

Click here for directions.

Photo of a model lighthouse made from a toilet paper tube roll.

Make a Model Lighthouse

Supplies

  • toilet paper tube
  • one large cotton ball (or two small)
  • yellow tissue paper
  • blue or green construction paper (1/2 of a sheet)
  • shells (optional)
  • markers (or crayons, or color pencils)
  • scissors
  • glue

Click here for directions.

Image of Play-doh jewelry for cargo craft

Create Your Own Cargo

Supplies

  • model magic (you can substitute clay or Play-Doh)
  • clay/Play-Doh cutting/shaping tools (optional)
  • markers (optional)

Click here for directions.

Photo of Blue Willow China craft

Make Your Own Blue Willow China

Supplies

  • paper plate (dinner size works best, but any size is fine)
  • blue marker (or color pencil or crayon)
  • piece of carbon paper and pencil (if you don’t have carbon paper, an alternate method is listed in the directions)
  • glue stick (for the alternate method)
  • scissors
  • Blue Willow pattern template

Click here for directions.

Cropped image of treasure chest items.

Build Your Own Treasure Box

Supplies

  • treasure box template
  • treasure box items template
  • scissors
  • glue stick and/or tape
  • crayons (or markers or color pencils)

Click here for directions.

Knot Tying

Learn about some of the knots used aboard ships!