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I was so inspired by a paper block set I came across in a book of classic toy designs that we decided to make our own! The side of each block shows a different image that, when stacked, create a whole picture. Kids can make pictures of people, animals, or buildings. Mixing the blocks in different ways leads to silly combinations that make no sense at all. This project can be quick (for example, print the paper cube template to make your own set of dice!) or time-consuming, for those who really enjoy concentrating on a full set.


Cube template (printed onto white cardstock)

Pencils and markers


Scotch tape (easier) or glue (rubber cement or glue sticks)

Ages: 7+

Time: 30min – 1 hour

Project Steps:

Download the template and print onto white cardstock. Because of our site’s layout, you will probably need to enlarge the size double or triple.

Cut out each template and crease along all the lines. Smooth flat again to draw (creasing the folds before you draw prevents your artwork from smudging). Then – a good idea but not critical – lightly mark the four faces of each block, at the top and the bottom, to guide where your drawing starts and ends. This way, the images will line up in any combination. With your guides in place, start drawing. Once you’ve designed all blocks, gently fold them back into cube shapes and tape (or glue) at the flaps. Now stack!

Have on hand for next Friday’s project:

A small block of green florist foam, a box that roughly fits the size of the foam, pipe cleaners, pompoms, beads, feather and all sorts of creative bits. Also have a small toy bug, figurine, or other little creature.

Curious Jane,  founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.


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