DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Dog Sled Paper Model

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

dog sled paper craft

This is a challenging color, cut and paste paper craft that turns into a three dimensional model of a dog sled pulled by a team of huskies.  To make it a little easier, you could skip the dogs and just do the sled (or just do one or two dogs).

It's a good craft for a few people to work on together -- everyone can make a dog to pull the sled.

dog sled or uniekThe Inuit (the indigenous people of the Arctic) used groups of dogs - usually huskies or malamutes - to help with their hunting and to help them haul supplies.  Their dogs pulled a sled, which the Inuit called an "uniek" (see photo to the right).  The Inuit could ride on the back of the uniuk and use the bed to haul goods.

The pieces of the real uniek look a little bit like wood, but wood is very scarce in the arctic.  The sled is actually made from whale bones!

Dog sleds pulled by dogs are still sometimes used in the arctic though motorized snow mobiles are more common.

Read more about our family's dog-sledding adventure.

Materials:

Instructions:

box for the dog sledThe Sled:

The Dogs:

Templates:

Template - dog sled      (color)   or   (B&W)

Template - 4 sled dogs   (color)   or   (B&W)

 

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