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paper stick constructs

Do you have newspaper, magazines or scrap paper that you'd like to upcycle? Check out this great assortment of paper projects. Who knew there was so much to construction out of paper?! How do these built items help us understand the world around us such as buildings?

Building geometric shapes 


  • Newspaper (2 pieces per stick)

  • Glue

  • Rubber bands

  • String (or tape) for connecting sticks together

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch


  1. Tightly roll two newspapers together as shown in the gallery.

  2. Glue the inside length of the newspaper and secure ends and center with rubber bands to hold together until it dries.

  3. Once dried, removed the rubber bands.

  4. Punch holes in each end of the stick.

  5. Secure sticks together by stringing through multiple sticks and tying them together. 

  6. Try making different shapes. See how high you can build!


Historically, a pyramid is a monumental structure constructed of or faced with stone or brick and having a rectangular base and four sloping triangular (or sometimes trapezoidal) sides meeting at an apex (or truncated to form a platform). Pyramids have been built at various times in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, western Asia, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, India, Thailand, Mexico, South America, and on some islands of the Pacific Ocean. Those of Egypt and of Central and South America are the best known. Modern pyramids have expanded to materials used for construction to glass and steel.
Why do you think this shape was used?

First gallery photo taken in Africa courtesy of We Puzzle Together

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