I just completed my residency at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. As part of my residency, I developed several paper cutout templates for kids. The designs are flower (new and only in the download version), snowflake, tiger (for Chinese New Year of the Tiger), frog, butterfly, and fish. I had the best time watching kids and their parents cut together and made this a fun family project.
After the great success of this past weekend’s workshop, some of you requested to have these templates available for download. Click here to download (PDF file, 9 pages, 3.2MB).
The template booklet includes simple instructions: print it out on regular Xerox paper or any paper you like that is not too thick. Dotted line means to fold (except the fish doesn’t require folding). Cut away the gray area.
To make cutting safe, please have kids using safety scissors. A useful cutting tip is to first cut the large shape on the outside and then the smaller shapes on the inside. For the inside details, fold the area and cut a small slit to allow scissors to work around the shapes.
I asked the kids at the Museum to glue their cutouts onto color papers. Glue stick works the best and it is easier if you smear glue all over the color paper instead of the paper cutout itself. To hide the dotted fold line and remaining gray area, use the back of the cutout instead.
In terms of technical ability, my observation is that some kids could do even better than adults. Toddlers will need quite a bit of help. But older kids will find them fun while challenging.
The butterfly, fish, and tiger are more advance. To warm up to them, start with the flower, frog, and snowflake.
To see the action shots of me cutting these templates with the children and their parents at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, visit my Web site at www.boveylee.com under “News.”