We’re currently learning 3-D shapes – and by that, I mean the basic ones like cubes, and the crazy ones like Octahedron, and Rhombicuboctahedron (say it, I dare you!) Apparently the more intricate the name, the more interesting the shape to my crazy little Engineer.
I ended up doing this sphere as part of the project: read more on why below.
- 4 sheets of letter-sized paper stock
- An entire afternoon
- Clothespins or paper clips
- This template
- Patience. Loads of this stuff.
Why did I do this?
I’ve been making a set of paper template for 3-D shapes, and I smashed right into the wall of flat planes when it came to making a sphere. Oof! It didn’t go well. Failure x 3 hurts – and yes, I’m posting a pic of my failures.
So now what? Our set isn’t complete without a sphere, right? Or a hemisphere, but I’ll cross that bridge later. What to do? Google it, of course.
I found this site about weaving paper that was just amazing. It looks so cool! And difficult… no way I could do that.
Well, we had to try something or risk a disappointed 5-year-old. Off I went to print and cut 24 little squiggly arms of paper. Cool looking, right? I can’t emphasize enough: read the directions! I missed the “print 4 sheets” part and got really frustrated because 12 just didn’t work.
Off and running. Paper clips or clothespins are essential to not tearing your hair out in frustration.
Just keep weaving – over, under, rotate, repeat. It looks really complicated but it wasn’t all that difficult to weave as long as you understand the over/under concept. Tape the inside down as you go to prevent shifting – you need a tight weave to make it to a full sphere.
Then…getting close to the end. Jellyfish looking critter, right?
Now what? This was the hard part, and it wasn’t any more fun because I kept having to deal with small children trying to murder each other while I was trying to tie off ends. I honestly have no idea how I managed it, and I need to go back and watch the video they posted if I plan to do this again. Yikes!
The front looks good. The back…not so much. Double-stick tape covers a multitude of sins.
Now we have a true sphere for our 3-D collection – and if I feel adventurous, I’ll do this again – halfway, for a hemisphere. Woohoo! Happy 5-year-old.