One-Cut Paper Stars

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Here's a very simple activity if you have paper and scissors: make one cut, unfold, and you have a beautiful star! A great way to learn about polygons and origami mathematics.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 8 ½ x 11” Paper, colored
  • Folded uncut examples for facilitators
  • Scissors


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Polygons

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • Noyce Foundation

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