Paper Sculptures

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In this activity, learners manipulate paper to build original 3-dimensional sculptures. Appropriate for any age, learners can use fingers to tear, crumple, or fold, and if available, scissors to cut. Take your flat piece of paper to the next dimension by constructing a paper robot, a paper table that can hold another object, or simply experimenting with the materials and techniques. Activity includes step-by-step instructions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Cardboard or stiffer paper for a base


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Discovery At Home


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