Category Archives: paper toy

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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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Twelve and Some Thaumatropes

This is a new version of my thaumatrope post from September 17, 2017. I have updated the printable files, and included more instructions on how to make a thaumatrope with your own drawing. ***** While doing research for a post … Continue reading

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Five and a Tangram

You have probably encountered a tangram at some point. You may even have played with one as a child. Today’s post will show you how to make a simple, inexpensive version.

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Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Twenty and a Tiny Paper Dreydl

Chanukah (Hanukkah) begins soon —sunset on December 22— so I thought it might be nice to make a paper dreydl. Here’s the first model I made. It was an inch across, and I decided that it was a bit too … Continue reading

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