Create fun characters from dimensional shapes.
Create an amazing 3-D figures for Social Studies or any subject area! Dimensional people are perfect for games, models and displays. This project is also perfect for STEM, in exploration of how to built objects from cubes. Cube figures are great props for presentations and oral book reports! Add fun phrases and logos for any theme across curriculum. Enjoy this clever creation and embark on amazing adventures!
Use the 3-D Cubes like building blocks, to create amazing dimensional shapes and figures.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Brads, Cardboard or Construction Paper, Colored Pens or Pencils
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut 24 Cubes of the same size. Die-cut 6 red Cubes (for a shirt), 6 blue Cubes (for pants) and 12 skin colored Cubes for the arms and face (Figure A).
- Assemble each Cube by folding on the dotted lines and securing the cube with adhesive on the side tab (Figure B).
- Leave all of the Cubes open on the top, to make it easier to slip your fingers inside and press when attaching them together.
- Fasten the blue Cubes into two legs using double stick tape. Color the shoes black with a colored marker.
- Fasten a red Cube to two skin colored Cubes to create two arms with double stick tape. Punch a 1/8 hole in the side of each red Cube.
- Fasten four red Cubes together with double stick tape to form the shirt. Punch a 1/8 hole in the sides of two Cubes(Figure C).
- Attach the arms to the shirt with a brad which will allow the arms to move (Figure D).
- Fasten eight skin colored Cubes together in two stacks of four to create the head.
- Hand cut the details on the face with scissors and fasten to the front.
- Attach the head to the shirt with double stick tape.
- Leaving all of the Cubes open with the lid facing up, while you are assembling the character, will allow you to store little trinkets inside any of the Cubes for an added element of fun! Pennies and nickels are saved in the bottom two Cubes which also helps this little guy to stand up (Figure E).
- Any Cube die can be used to create these characters. Some options are A10348 Cube 3-D (1" sides), 15907-L Cube 3-D (1 1/8" sides), A11108 Cube 3-D (1 5/8" sides) and 15907-XL Cube 3-D (3" sides).
- Cut paper to create the hair and facial features. Adhere and decorate. Enjoy your completed Cube character! (see Main Photo)
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
- Figure E
Social Studies: People, Places and Environments
Pre-K-12: Standard 3
- Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places and environments. The study of people, places and human-environment interactions assists learners as they create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world.
National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994). This book may be purchased by calling 800-683-0812. Electronic copies of it are not available.