Making things out of paper seems to be something we do during the holiday season.
Here’s some projects that I’ve written about with links to the full posts that explain them, that seem appropriate for the season.
This first one, the Spiraling Ornaments was surprisingly well-liked. All year, when I visited different places, I’d see ones that people I know had made.
Here’s a template for a kaleidocycle. Not particularly holiday-ish, but fun and colorful, folds into something like the image below. More about this at https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/kaleidocycles-and-tetrahedrons/
Next, directions for a six-sided snowflake. My big tip is to use paper napkins, as they already are the right shape: no extra prep needed! Also, paper napkins cut quite easily. They are perfect for snowflakes.
If you want to understand how the cuts of your snowflakes affect the final design, see below:
Festive Jumping Jacks are quite fun. I’ve made these with kids just a few times, as all the knot tying makes this an intense project for anything more than a small group, but so worth the effort!
To work out how to make these you might have to look at a few posts, which are all listed at https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/wat-meer-trekpoppen-more-jumping-jacks/
The stars below are tricky to make, until you get the hang of them. I still have the ones I made on display from last year.
The original post contains a good bit of discussion about the geometry embedded in these shapes.
Finally, making little books with stories or messages is always worth doing.
Here’s a post that can get you started on some simple books to make with kids https://bookzoompa.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/four-books-students-can-figure-out-how-to-make-on-their-own/
For more an overwhelming amount of other book ideas, check out what I’ve tagged as making books with children
There you have it. Enough to do to keep you out of trouble at least until January.