I am extremely craft challenged, I canât fold a newspaper to make a hat, canât do a simple origami, or even a decent paper airplane. So, I thought it would be a good challenge for me to review of all things, a book on how to make pop-ups. I approached the book with caution, and had the kids wear helmets and eye protective gear, as I have been known to throw scissors and rulers out of serious frustration. If the author could get me to make a successful pop-up then I would be happy. Guess what, Iâm ecstatic. Thanks to the genius of the authorâs ability to do clear step-by-step instructions, I can now make a mean pop-up!
This is the coolest book, and as a family, we had a great time working around the kitchen table with our scissors and papers, clipping and folding, and popping away. The Pocket Paper Engineer is designed for novices like me, as well as for those who want to stretch their paper folding abilities. My seven year old needed a little assistance with the cutting, while my 13 year old was completely independent. The book consists of 16 do-it-yourself models, with cards provided. Simply detach the paper project, assemble it, and either give your creation away, or store for later in the provided pre-made pockets. The folds that are taught include Box, Triangle, combinations, and layered pop-ups.
You can get fancy and buy an X-Acto knife, a self-healing mat, safety glove a bone folder, and other accessories if you want, or you can stick to old-fashioned scissors and a ruler. Your students will gain much more than just an introduction to the art of paper engineering, kids can write stories to go along with their creations, and will put simple math concepts (measuring and geometric principles) to practical use. This book is a winner, and will make a nice supplement to your art programs, or a beautiful gift for a friend or loved one. Itâs also good exposure to a possible career path: Paper Engineer.
The author has twenty years of experience in the field of paper engineering, design and bookbinding. To learn more about the author visit her website.