Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Football Flexagon: A fun Super Bowl themed printable

I recently discovered the world of flexagons. Flexagons are toys constructed of folded paper that can be manipulated to reveal hidden faces.

Since the Super Bowl is this weekend and our beloved Packers are playing, I decided that it would be a fun challenge to design a football flexagon craft. The double triangle shapes used to a make trihexaflexagon (hexagon shaped flexagon with three faces) look a lot like a football.

You can make your own football styled trihexaflexagon by clicking over to this Google docs link Football Flexagon Template. (To print the Google Doc, click on File and Print PDF.)

I designed the football pattern template so that you can flip between the Green Bay and Pittsburgh team colors. Be sure to show-off your impressive paper toy to your friends at a Super Bowl party this weekend! The flexagon is fun for both kids and adults!


Watch this YouTube video to see it in action and learn how to assemble (sorry I got a little off-screen during part of it. I was trying to quickly record it during naptime):

A couple tips: The flexagon works better if you let the ink and glue dry before trying to flex it. If the paper is saturated it won't snap and fold as well. Also, try to be as accurate as possible when cutting and assembling so that all the corners match when flipping between the faces.

If you encounter problems assembling, here's a great website with nice instructions on how to assemble a similar trihexaflexagon (it also includes a different printable template):
Let's Make A Flexagon


Kristie said...

This is too cool! I've never seen anything like it before! I've already made mine and shared your link on facebook for others to make it too. Thank you for sharing this!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm not a football fan, but my son is. I printed one off for him to put together later. Thanks for sharing this project.

Some Lucky Dog said...

Any ideas on how to make a Cheesehead hat??? Our grandson has decided he needs one for the game!

will teach for food said...

Thanks for the template! We're having fun with flexgons in a few days. You might be interested in this Scientific American article.