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FREE Mini-Scheme: Creating Paper Toys

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SKU D12CS40100
Mini-schemesDesign & TechnologyKey Stage 1Design & TechnologyYear 1Year 2

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
Free Overview (Medium-Term Plan)

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Free Assessment Grid

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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

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
Corri Hofman
Paper toys

Class loved the first lesson. Looking forward to completing the unit with them.
Easy to follow instructional PowerPoint slides. Worksheets are great too, print clearly.

Thank you, Corri! We are so pleased to hear that both you and your class have enjoyed the lesson!

Kanaljit Kaur Webster

Excellent resources

Thank you, Kanaljit!

Kerry Moody
Fantastic value, excellent quality

Fabulous and just what I was looking for as a structure to support staff in planning their own units.
The presentation and resources ere excellent quality and this was FREE.

Can’t wait to explore some of the other units on offer and use the 20% off provided. Thank you!

You're welcome, Kerry! We are so pleased to hear that you liked our resources and found them useful :-)

Patricia Fairnington

Simple easy to follow planning. Great ideas.

Lisa Phillips

Great very useful.