Friday, January 24, 2014
It took me about one hour this afternoon to make the platonic solids. I put one of our real Montessori wooden cubes in the photo so you can see how well the cardstock "solids" I made fit our existing set(s). Both the primary and elementary sets of solids come with a cube so I didn't feel the need to make a paper one.
I printed the solids from this website (Thank you to Kathy at Kathy's Montessori Life for posting about these!) onto blue cardstock. I used my best scissors to do the cutting, a small ruler to do the folding, and a popsicle stick to crease. I suppose if I owned a bone folder I would have used that, but the popsicle stick was fine. It was obvious right away that a glue stick was not going to cut it. Super glue was a must. I only glued myself to myself once! The popsicle stick came in handy for poking around on the inside of the "solids" from time to time as I glued. The super glue holds instantly, so my advice is to make your first priority the outside alignment of the edge. Once that has had a few seconds to solidify go ahead and poke around inside with your popsicle stick to get the tab actually flush.