I found this sailboat at www.iclipart.com. I am a member, so I can give it to you. The original graphic did not have a big, wide sail or lines on it. I put it in Photoshop to warp it and make the boat red. I am going to have a lesson on boats next week and am having the kids write a creative story about where they would sail away to. I am also going to show them how to fold an origami paper boat that we can add a mast and sail to.
I found these very simple and easy to follow directions at www.niftythriftythings.com
She had pinned them. They are on my Baby Shower pinboard also.
You are basically making a sailorhat (top row), then pulling it open to flatten it the opposite way. Then when you have a flat diagonal box (second row middle picture), you fold the bottom point up on both sides. Finally, you pull out the two top flaps (bottom row) to make the boat.
I then went to Amazon.com to order books involving boats. I had to google for awhile in order to find ones that would make the kids start thinking. I got the following:
The Boat in the Tree, by John Shelley
Toy Boat, by Randall de Steve and Loren Long