Dodecahedron Paper Model
Make a Dodecahedron
12-sided geometric ball.
The model you make from this
activity can be creatively
used as a tool for math,
science, art, and much more!What You Will Need:
What You Do:
Ideas For Your Globe:
- Download and print six copies of our template, then cut out the circles. You will need a total of 12 circles to form the dodecahedron model.
- The pentagon shapes on the circle will become the faces of the model. Decide what you would like to draw within this pentagon shape, one drawing for each circle that you cut out. See our ideas below to help get you started.
- When your drawings are completed, fold the edges of the cutouts along the dotted lines of the patterns. You may fold the edges forward if you want the glued edges showing (easier for young children), or fold the edges inward if you want the glued edges inside the ball.
- Glue the pentagon-shaped cutouts together using a glue stick.
- As you glue the cutouts together, a globe will form. Using our template will produce a dodecahedron model that is just a little smaller than the size of a soccer ball.
- Attach a piece of monofilament fishing line to the top of the globe in order to hang it from the ceiling.
- Celebrate Earth Day with a paper globe! Draw something we can do to help protect our planet on each panel of your model. Use the completed model to have a discussion about recycling, reusing, and conserving. A fun project for kids on Earth Day!
- Make a model of the continents of our Earth. Draw and label each continent. Include longitute and latitude markings for your favorite places on earth!
- Write and draw something about you on each panel to form a "biography ball"! Include important facts about yourself, such as your age, height, hair and eye color. Include words and drawings that describe your best attributes.
- Make a globe-shaped story! Write and illustrate parts of a story on each panel, then give your story ball to a friend to see if they can read the story in the correct order.
- Write a report and make it into a ball!
- Make a photo ball by attaching pictures of your favorite subject to each panel.
- When folding the edges of the cutouts, use a straight edge, such as a credit card as your guide. Place the credit card along the dotted line, then fold the paper up and over the card. This creates a perfect, straight fold (and is a great way to recycle those old credit cards)!
- To create a larger or smaller model, enlarge or reduce the template using a copy machine.
- Experiment with different types of paper: copier paper, construction paper, or cardstock.
- Recycle paper! If you have paper that has already been used on one side, print our template on the other side! A fun way to recycle.
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