How to Create a Foldable

I had a few requests to show how I made the foldable for the geometric solids and nets.  I thought the best way to do this was to do a pictorial play-by-play, if you will.

I always learn best with pictures.  Isn't this why Pinterest is such a phenomenon?  By the way, I give you total permission to pin anything from my blog.  If you haven't seen the hoopla about pinning {I'm sure most of you have}, you need to read Laura Candler's post here.

I've added it to my sidebar so that you will always know I'm OK with you pinning to your little heart's content from my blog :)

OK- on with it.

Step One: Take 1 sheet of card stock (this is the material I's sturdy) and cut it hamburger-style into three equal parts.

Step 2: Lay the three parts on top of each other so that you are making {what I tell the students} a staircase.  Oh, and yes, my 4th graders are trained to do this.  Oh, that sounds bad.  They aren't puppies.  Most days.

Step 3: Fold the stairs on top of themselves so that you double the amount of stairs.  {See, I told you that I'd need to show you pictures...'cause that makes absolutely no sense.}

Step 4: Flatten all six "stairs" and then staple at the top.


I hope this helps.  If you are not already a follower of Mor over at A Teacher's Treasure, you need to be...she's got a great number of other foldables and pictures to help under her tab "FoldiFun Factory" {how stinkin' cute is that title?}.  Also, look into purchasing Dinah Zike's book, Notebook Foldables.

Have a great week, everyone.  Oh, and sorry for the 2 posts in one day blunder.  Blah.


  1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing. I love using foldables in my class. I found your blog from Lessons with Laughter. I am a new follower.


  2. Thanks for sharing, will def. be using these.

  3. I love the step by step photos that go with the foldable! I need pictures! Thanks!