Paper Folding: Unfurling Geometric Paper Shapes

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Use geometry, a ruler, and a steady hand to create these amazing unfurling paper folds! Be sure to check out Simon Guest's folded "super structure" link, and to see great paper folding examples, check out Margaret Pezalla-Granlund's website. This activity works really well with learners interested in origami, or learners wanting to transform plain old geometric shapes into pop-up masterpieces. This activity could last from one to three hours.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Origami paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813