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FREE Mini-Scheme: Creating Paper Toys

SKU D12CS40100
Mini-schemes Design & Technology Key Stage 1 Design & Technology Year 1 Year 2
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This free mini-scheme will give your class the chance to make paper toys. They will practise the important skill of cutting whilst they make easy paper toys. Your children will make a range of different paper toys, and have the opportunity to design and create some mind-boggling optical illusions!

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This free series of three ready-to-teach lessons is downloadable. Each lesson comes with engaging slides, detailed teacher planning, worksheets and activity ideas.


The lesson begins by looking at different types of scissors and their uses. Children then discuss the safety aspects of using scissors before putting their skills to the test by cutting straight, zigzag and wavy lines as accurately as they can. This lesson contains cutting skills printables so the children can apply their skills in independent activities where they cut out a range of shapes to create a house, a fruit basket or a slice of pizza! Alternatively, children can practise the skills of folding and cutting through several layers of paper by making animal-themed paper chains.


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Cutting Lines Practice Sheet
  • Paper Chain Template

In this papercraft animals lesson, children look at a selection of different paper toys and discuss both how they work and how they can be made. They will either choose a Challenge Card and follow the instructions on it to create their own paper toy. Or alternatively, children can work in small groups and use the set of Zoo Animals Templates to create their very own menagerie!


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Challenge Cards
  • Template Cards
  • Zoo Animals Templates

In this final lesson of this free making paper toys series, your children will explore an optical illusion toy – the thaumatrope, or ‘wonder turner’. They will find out how they work, as well as how to create one using their own designs. In the alternate activity, children can design and create another optical illusion toy – the Magic Spinning Top.

This lesson works on developing your children's fine motor skills as they make optical illusion toys.


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Wonder Turner Template Sheet A/B/C
  • Wonder Turner Instructions Sheet
  • Magic Spinning Top Template
  • Magic Spinning Top Instructions Sheet
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • KS1 - select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
  • KS1 - evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

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