Paper-Plate Polyhedron

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Paper-Plate Polyhedron
Ages school-age

Turn ordinary disposables into a supercool icosahedron (pronounced eye-cose-a-HEE-dron), a shape with 20 faces.

The skills it builds: thinking in three dimensions

What you'll need

  • 20 lightweight paper plates
  • Stapler

How to make it

  1. Paper-Plate Polyhedron - Step 1

    Fold the plates into triangles as shown.

  2. Paper-Plate Polyhedron - Step 2

    Staple two plates together with three staples.

  3. Paper-Plate Polyhedron - Step 3

    Attach three more plates to make a pentagon, then repeat to make a second pentagon. Set both aside.

  4. Paper-Plate Polyhedron - Step 4

    Staple the 10 remaining plates together into a long chain.

  5. Paper-Plate Polyhedron - Step 5

    Staple the ends of the chain together to form a ring, then staple the two pentagons to the top and bottom of the ring.

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