Some of these long hot days call for some quick thinking with kids home for the summer and stuck inside with heat warnings and temperatures topping out at real-feel temperatures of 103 degrees. I always like to keep a few fun creative exercises to keep the little hands and minds busy! Here are some of my favorites! Robert Sabuda is not only a great paper engineer but his website has some great pop-ups for kids and adults to do. From simple to intermediate to advanced, his pop-ups can teach anyone how simple folds and cuts will create three-dimensional delights. For children under five, there are some simple pop-ups. Most of the pop-ups featured on his website are geared to older children and adults. From exploding birthday cakes complete with candles to blooming blossoms and ships asail, these templates can be printed out on white cardstock, colored with crayons, colored pencils or other media, cut out and assembled. Directions are easy to follow and if at first you don't succeed, print out another, cut it out and try it again! These great templates can be found at www.robertsabuda.com. Anoher great paper engineer is Carol Barton whose artist's books are just amazing! If you haven't perused her site, check it out under www.popularkinetics.com. Carol Barton also has great templates to download and print out for different types of pop-ups. These are geared to older children and adults! She has some fun cards to make as well as great examples of her work. She also has some wonderful pop-up instructional books to order. I have her first two books which are easy-to-follow and build on the basics learned before. These books can be used in the classroom or for just plain fun! Two other great pop-up instructional books that I often refer to are authored by Paul Johnson and Esther K. Smith. Paul Johnson's book is a fun guide to all various pop-up mechanisms with easy-to-follow instructions and samples of how to use them. Esther K. Smith's book is a fun-filled book that shows how to make paper toys and simple pop-up mechanisms. Her models and instructions are also easy to follow and assemble! Their books can be found at your local bookstore or via Amazon.com. Enjoy these links and books and don't forget to make them and send them out to all those favorite friends on their special days and occasions. Everyone loves the magic of the pop-up!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!