Most corporations report kids graduating may be smart, but they lack creativity to come up with new ideas and designs. Building a tower out of different mediums helps develop creativity. Wouldn’t it be great to give a child a toy they can build and create using their own imagination and creativity? Creative gifts give more than you may ever know to a child. Here is a simple toy for building a tower to make and give to children this Christmas. I am a coach for a DI (Destination Imagination) team and I wanted to find a creative gift to give them and this disk building set is perfect for them.
Instructions for Building a Tower Paper Toy:
1. Punch a large hole with a 2.5 inch punch in a piece of regular paper.
2. Fold the paper in half and
3. Then fold it in half again.
4. Now there is a 90 degree cross in the middle.
5. Measure 1/2 inch on each of the four cross marks.
6. Cut to the 1/2 inch mark on all four cross marks. This is the guide for the template.
7. To make the template for the circles use a cereal box, or light cardboard box punch another 2.5 inch hole with the punch.
8. Lay the paper template on the cardboard and secure with a couple pieces of tape, so it will not move when making the cardboard template.
9. Now take a sharp craft knife and cut along the slits made in the paper disk to cut the cardboard template. Now you have template to make the circle building disks.
10. Here is the time consuming part of the gift. Get some colorful card stock scrapbook paper or colorful card stock. It MUST be card stock for this gift to work. It needs a sturdy paper to be able to build.
11. Here is where a punch will save you tons of time. Using the punch, punch out around a million circles. I used about 44 disks to allow for building a tower.
12. Take the template made in step 9 and cut the slits into the card stock paper for each of the disks. I plan on making about 44 disks per person for this gift. Building a tower with this many disks, should be enough.
13. I found these awesome little containers at Ikea to place the disks in for the gift.
These are such a great gift and great for travel too! With this shape they can build and make different structures by themselves providing entertainment without being plugged into something. No worries if this gets messed up or lost or bent. Simply just make more disks to play with. I made 8 of these for gifts for my DI team. I haven’t given these to them yet, but I just know they are going to love them.