How can you fit your body through a single piece of paper? This is an awesome STEM challenge for young kids and older ones too! Learn about perimeter, while testing out your paper cutting skills. We have lots more fun STEM activities for you to try!
HOW TO WALK THROUGH A SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER
PAPER STEM CHALLENGE
Get your kids thinking outside of the box with this walk through paper trick. STEM doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive!
Some of the best STEM challenges are also the cheapest! Keep it fun and playful, and not make it too difficult that it takes forever to complete. All you need for this challenge below is a piece of paper and scissors.
Take up the challenge to walk through paper. Cut your paper and see what is the largest hole you can make.
While you are at it, check out these other fun paper STEM challenges…
STEM QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
These questions for reflection are perfect to use with kiddos of all ages to talk about how the challenge went and what they might do differently next time around.
Use these questions for reflection with your kids after they have completed the STEM challenge to encourage discussion of results and critical thinking.
Older kiddos can use these questions as a writing prompt for a STEM notebook. For younger kiddos, use the questions as a fun conversation!
- What were some of the challenges you discovered along the way?
- What worked well and what did not work well?
- What would you do differently next time?
- Why do you think cutting the paper in this way helps?
WALKING THROUGH PAPER CHALLENGE
You could introduce the challenge and start the activity with a discussion. Ask for ideas and suggestions for what you could do to a piece of paper to make a hole big enough for a person to walk through.
Check out our ideas at the end for how to extend this activity with your kids too!
- Printable Paper Cutting Template
STEP 1: Print out the lined template.
STEP 2: Fold template along center line.
STEP 3: Cut along each line.
STEP 4: When all the lines are cut, take your scissors and cut along the black line where the paper is folded, but only where you see the black line. This leaves the first and last folded sections in tact.
STEP 5: Now open your piece of paper and see how big you have made it! Can you walk through your piece of paper?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The perimeter of a shape is the closed path that surrounds the shape. When you cut the paper, you increase its perimeter.
This enlarges the hole in the middle of the paper as you expand the paper outwards so that you can walk through a single sheet of paper.
EXTEND THE CHALLENGE:
Once you’ve completed the activity, why not try again with different materials or methods to see what happens. Try with a larger piece of paper, like a newspaper, or a smaller one.
What will happen if you cut more lines spaced closely together? What about fewer lines? What is the largest hole you can make?
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WALKING THROUGH PAPER CHALLENGE FOR KIDS
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