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Sonobe Cube Assembly

Here is a video to show the assembly of the sonobe cube ­čÖé


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Gnashers!!!!! (Grrrrrr)

OK, I know I promised a certain 3rd grade friend that I would post this a WHILE ago, but things got a little busy round here! Anyway, better late than never! This project is so much fun because you can play with it after you have made it, and you can be as creative as you like decorating the face, and even the inside of the mouth if you like!

Have fun, and watch out for your fingers!

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3 Unit Hexahedron

Here is a video for how to assemble the hexahedron (sometimes called a Toshie’s jewel) made from sonobe units. I highly recommend sacrificing the first 3 units you make by clearly drawing on the mountain folds. This might seem a little tedious, but is very helpful when moulding the units into shape in your hands.

Remember to pause the video if you need a little extra time, or rewind sections of it to see them again.

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Origami Globe

I am teaching sonobe units in our third grade classes this week, and brought in a sonobe globe to show everyone. If you would like to make one of these, here is the link:

This is not a live link, so you will need to copy and paste it in the browser window to go to it.

You will need to print out the pages, and then cut them out so that they are all squares, and then assemble the cube just the same way we assembled it in class, but this time you will have to make sure that countries and continents match up!

Good luck!




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Dodecahedron Calendar!

Whew! Just in the nick of time I remembered that I had promised a certain third grade class of mine that I would post the link to the origami(ish) dodecahedron that I gave their class today. I did not invent this ( I am nowhere near clever enough!), but have enjoyed making them as gifts for people, and of course, it is always fun to teach other people how to do it, and pass it on….

Here is the link: (copy and paste this into your browser window)

The model was originally designed by Tomoko Fuse, and then was turned into a calendar by Sara Giarrusso and Ramin Razani. A dodecahedron is perfect for a calendar because it has 12 faces: one for each month of the year.

I have made some video directions for how to assemble this model, and will work on putting them on here tonight. It takes a while, so if you are in third grade, please go to bed! You can see them tomorrow!

OK……got the video instructions working. Here’s the first one:

The second:

And the final assembly one. If you are younger than 4th grade, or are a beginner in origami, please remember that this model is a little tricky. If you are having trouble, it is always helpful to have another pair of hands to help you. Good luck!

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Tomoko Fuse Boxes

We had fun making Tomoko Fuse boxes. I enjoyed being able to challenge even some of my more experienced folders when it came to the lids….not mentioning any names!

I have instructions for the lid done, so thought I would post that right away. It’s been a bit busy with Halloween and a few other other things, but I am trying to caught up now! I am also updating the gallery today, so look there for your models if they were photographed.


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Hello boys!

Imagine my surprise and pleasure to look up today from the table of first graders to notice a lovely little gaggle of sixth grade boys who had stopped by, and noticed the origami so joined right in! If you are one of them, then HELLO! Glad you checked out the website, and if you are looking for something a little challenging, then please check out the triangle box, and the sonobe ball. You can use the search box for this, down the screen on the right hand side.

I try to add a few things each week, and will add a couple of more challenging projects now that I know you are interested. Please check back again soon, and if you happen to make a sonobe ball, please show me, I would love to see it!


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