Friday, February 16, 2018

Let's Build Beautiful 3D Card Structures!

What happens when you have access to the internet, shortened daylight hours, a craft-and-math loving kid, and a deck of old playing cards?  Well,  if you're me... you rally everyone together to do a STEAM activityYeah!

Tired of bouncing off the walls one night, our family tried our hands at making these nifty 3D Card Sculptures.  They came out pretty cool and I thought I'd share them today with you!

Let's Make Beautiful 3D Card Sculptures


how to make cool card sculptures from playing cards- such a fun STEAM activity to try out with kids!





So I totally cannot take credit for the design of this project at all.  I was in my crazed-mom-"gotta-find-something-to-do-with-the-kiddos-before-we-destroy-the-house" phase and I happened upon this awesome tutorial and template to make platonic solids from playing cards.  Bingo.  It was a life-saver.  We just printed the templates out and used them cut slits into our playing cards.

(Our playing cards were also smaller than the templates, so we just trimmed the template to match our cards.)

how to make cool card sculptures from playing cards- such a fun STEAM activity to try out with kids!


Then, we slid the cards together using the slits.  My son came up with this shape over here:

how to make cool card sculptures from playing cards- such a fun STEAM activity to try out with kids!

And I made this particularly lovely octahedron.

(Is it just me, or does this card sculpture make you swoon slightly?  It's so pretty and I felt fairly accomplished after making it.)

how to make cool card sculptures from playing cards- such a fun STEAM activity to try out with kids!

I hope that you have fun trying this activity out with your kids too.

Looking for More Activities that Combine Math and Art?

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Happy making and exploring, friends!

how to make cool card sculptures from playing cards- such a fun STEAM activity to try out with kids!



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