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Cubes

Materials needed :

  • template of dice (check downloadpage)
  • thick paper
  • scissors
  • strong glue

Let’s get to work:

  1. Trace the template of the dice onto the thick paper.
  2. Let the children cut out the template. Make sure they don’t cut off the folding edges. It could be a bit complicated for them. To make it easier: use a colour marker to indicate which lines should be cut.
  3. When they’re finished cutting out the template the children should fold the edges.
  4. Put some glue on the edges and squeeze them together one by one. Make sure you use strong glue otherwise it won’t hold together.
  5. From the cube, you can now make dice (check the lessonpage for suggestions)

Cylinder

Materials needed :

  • 2 sheets of A4 paper
  • scissors
  • strong glue

Let’s get to work:

  • Use the long sides of the A4 paper and fold an edge (about 5 cm). Do this on both sides.
  • Make small incisions along the folded edges
  • Glue the sort sides together.
  • Put the cylinder on the second piece of A4 and trace the circle twice.
  • Cut out two circles and glue them on the cylinder.

 

Step 1: Use a piece of A4 paper

Step 4: Glue the short sides together

Step 2: Fold an edge of about 5cm
on the long sides

Step 3: Make small incisions along
the folded edges

Step 5: Cut out two circles

Step 6: Glue them on the cylinder

Box

Materials needed :

  • 2 sheets of A4 paper
  • scissors
  • strong glue

Let’s get to work:

  • Use a sheet of A4 paper and fold it so you’ll get 16 rectangles. (you’ll accomplish this by folding it the same way as 16 squares, see the “how to” page about folding for instructions).
  • Do this again with the other piece of paper.
  • Make four incisions  (see picture).
  • Fold it, and glue it all together.
  • Repeat the steps with second piece of paper.

 

Step 1: Use A4 paper and fold
16 rectangles

Step 4: Fold it together

Step 2: Make 4 incisions as
shown on the picture

Step 3: Apply glue as shown

Step 5: Almost done

Step 6: Fold & glue the other side

Pyramid

Materials needed :

  • 4 sheets of thick paper (120 grams, 16 x 16 cm)
  • scissors
  • strong glue

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold a kite of the 4 sheets of thick paper. See the “how to” page about folding for instructions.
  2. Fold the short side of the kite, do this for all the 4 kites.
  3. Glue the long edges together.

 

Step 1: Fold a kite

Step 4: Two done, two more to go

Step 7: Fourth kide being added

Step 2: Fold the short edge

Step 3: Glue 2 kites together

Step 5: Another kite added

Step 6: Glue the long edges

Step 8: Almost done

Step 9: Done, a pyramid!

Mirror Image

Materials needed :

  • 2 sheets of A4 paper (different colours)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pencil

Let’s get to work:

  1. In advance you’ll have to draw shapes on the sheets of paper (see photo).
  2. Fold one sheet of A4 paper in half (long side) and cut it in two.
  3. The example on the left is easier and will apply to smaller children. The example on the right is far more difficult and older children are more suitable for this project.
  4. The children cut out the drawn pieces and save them carefully.
  5. The leftover piece must be glued on to the A4 paper, exactly on the edge of the paper.
  6. The children will have to figure out which piece they cut out matches the mirror image. Now they can glue the pieces to the paper.
    

Big to small, short to tall

Materials needed :

  • 2 sheets of A4 paper (different colours)
  • glue
  • scissors

Let’s get to work:

  1. Fold one sheet of A4 paper (short side)
  2. Use the other sheet of A4 paper to cut out some circles. They have to be smaller each time. This is a great exercise to see if children understand the terms big, small, short, tall, and to see if the can cut circles.
  3. Tell the children they must cut as many circles as their age. So this project on the right was made by a six year old.
  4. Let them glue the circles on the top half of the page, on the folded line.
  5. The tall to short bit will go on the bottom half of the paper.

 

Stamps

Materials needed :

  • 1 sheet of A3 paper
  • lids (all sort shapes and sizes, from waterbottles, jars, pots etc)
  • corks
  • paint

Let’s get to work:

  1. The children press the lids in the paint and use them as stamps.
  2. The younger children can make anything they want. (see example on the right)
  3. The older children make a chain, if you look closely to the example on the left you can discover a pattern.

 

     

Paint the shape

Materials needed :

  • 1 sheet of A3 paper
  • paint
  • (paper) shapes
  • paintbrushes

Let’s get to work:

  1. The children choose a shape and place it on the paper. They start by painting around the shapes they’ve chosen.
  2. If the sheet is full they’ll remove the shapes and they’ll now colour the shapes (in different colours).

Making shapes

Materials needed :

  • paper squares
  • scissors
  • glue

Let’s get to work:

  1. Before you begin, show the children how they can make rectangles, triangles, hexagons etc. from a square piece of paper. Tell them they can only use these shapes to create something new.