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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Fold and Create


I like teaching a variety of paper craft skills in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. I blogged about paper tearing HERE

Another essential skill is paper folding. Children need lots of practice (and a patient teacher or helper) with paper folding. Once your students have been shown a few times, they will love being able to apply this skill to a range of their own creative projects. Paper folding is such a great activity of fine motor development.

I developed a resource to help you implement a range of craft projects that utilise a paper folding technique called 'pleating'. You may also know it as the 'concertina fold'.  Your students will create a series of parallel folds in alternate directions to create a pleated effect. This adds some depth to your creative projects and they look GREAT on the display wall!


To pleat, you need to teach your students to make a small fold at the bottom of the page.


Flip the paper, and fold again.


Keep flipping and folding, all the way up to the top...


And then open the page up to create a pleated panel of paper. They are used mostly in these projects as bodies or the main chuck of an object.


Here are a few of my favourite projects in my new 'Fold and Create" file. The file includes 26 projects - one for each letter of the alphabet.


A dog for the letter sound d....




a hive for the letter sound h.....


a nurse for n.... 


and a koala for k .... 



As well as using a pleated piece of paper for these crafts, you could also use a paper bag...


or paper plate... 


I would love you to try one for free! Find the templates for the koala (in Google Drive)  by clicking on the image below:



or by clicking on the link HERE


If you need other quick and easy craft for the letters of the alphabet, you can find my A-Z with Paper Circle in my TpT store also!



Fold and Create is on sale for the next few days only!



Thanks so much for stopping by to see my new resource! Have a great day!


5 comments:

Simona said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
Simona

Alison Hislop said...

You are amazing Mel! I wish I had your creativity! Thank you so much - I am heading over to purchase it now! We will love doing them!

Alison

Shanyn said...

Already purchased! I LOVE THEM!!!

The Colorful Apple said...

What a great idea! This would have been great in my second grade classroom last year. I always assumed that students knew how to fold, when in fact, many of them didn't! A couple of lessons on how to fold paper probably would have gone a long way. I love these!

Sara :)
The Colorful Apple

Jem said...

These look awesome!