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Students will learn how to use an every day item, paper, in a way they have not before. Each student will become an engineer by building their own 3-D paper strip sculptures to help them understand the difference between 2D and 3D.

Recommended Grade Kindergarten

Math Geometry K.G: Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).

K.G.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three dimensional (“solid”).

K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


Talk about how to use flat, two-dimensional, strips of paper to create three-dimensional shapes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Teaches the students to use every day items in a different way.
2. Using paper to create structures and 3-D shapes and designs.
3. Practicing Patience
4. Failing-Up


-Colored Construction paper
-Glue sticks
-Printer paper

Pre-cut all construction paper into about 1 inch strips


1. Place a handful of paper strips on each table
2. Give each student 1 piece of printer paper and a glue stick
3. Show the students a sample (use exmaples from this site
4.Show them how to bend and fold the strips in different ways
5. Have them begin and let them freely build for about 15 minutes
*If they are struggling*
-Go back to the original demonstration
*If they need more of a challenge*
-Have them try to work as a team to create a structure to help build collaboration and teamwork

1. Talk to the students about what they normally use paper for vs. how they used it for this project
2. Have a conversation about what was easy and what was more difficult.

Time Estimate: 30-45 minutes


What Worked:
This project was a great introduction to a Maker Lab project because it shows young students how to use every day items in a way they never have before. It opened up their minds to view things in different ways. Adding a team challenge facilitates students working as a team and learning how to collaborate on a project together.

What We Would Change:
There is nothing we would change about this project!