Category Archives: paper toy

… and another new flexagon.

Last week I posted a new flexagon/fidget toy I invented after Paula Beardell Kreig inspired me to play with little squares of paper. I came up with a second design, which is the subject of this week’s post.

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It’s Paula’s fault

On August 8, 2021 Paula Beardell Krieg posted about a new flexagon she had invented. She was offering a workshop through MoMath and I signed up for it. I then missed the workshop by remembering the wrong time. (Sometimes I … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Pocket/Hedi Kyle Panorama Book: Part Two

Last week I posted instructions for a model of a book structure that combines a pocket/modular accordion book with the panels from Hedi Kyle’s Panorama Book. This week’s post shows you how to make two projects based on that structure: … Continue reading

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A Little Game for Hot or Wet Weather

While Covid restrictions are easing in lots of places, many people are still staying inside because of the weather — either too hot or too wet to spend time outdoors. It seems appropriate to post a little two-player game this … Continue reading

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Celebrating Seven Years (and Seven Stars)

July 7 is the nominal ‘birthday’ of this blog and I celebrate every year by posting a DIY star-themed project. This year I decided to share a planisphere.

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Some Degree of Success

I accomplished a few things this week. I re-strung the prototype wind spinner, back on cotton cord. It was more complicated than the previous time since the three parts of each unit were now glued together, and therefore I had … Continue reading

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The Bluebird of Happiness

These days just about everyone could use a visit from the Bluebird of Happiness, and today’s post makes that possible.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Twenty-one and Paper Rockets

A paper rocket is a more active toy than a tangram or a thaumatrope, particularly if you have a cat in the house to chase the paper rocket after it is launched. Shown below is the last remaining rocket from … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Sixteen and a Game of Tic-tac-toe

Tic-tac-toe —or Noughts and Crosses, or Xs and Os — is a widespread game, usually played on a scrap of paper with a pencil or pen. More permanent boards for Tic-tac-toe or similar three-in-a-row games have been made for centuries.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Fifteen and a “Hidden Page” Book

More and more instruction in the book arts has been moved online because of Covid-19. For those of us who live far from major centres, this has been a real bonus. In April of this year the Minnesota Center for … Continue reading

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