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Educational Handwork by T B Kidner, 1910
'Educational Handwork' by T B Kidner was published by The Educational Book Company Limited in Toronto in 1910. It includes sections on the use of paperfolding as handwork in the first and second stages of elementary school. From stage three onwards paperfolding is replaced by cardboard modelling which ultimately leads to the modelling of polyhedra from cardboard templates.

A full copy of the work can be found here.



Forms of Life

First stage

1. Book or Screen

2. Window

3. Tent

4. Snowplough

5. Table

6. Closet with Two Doors

7. Footstool

8. Barn

9. House (an unusual version with one dormer roof folded backwards)

10. Shelf (made from the normal version of the House)

11. A Garden Seat

12. A Chair (made from a 4x3 rectangle)

There is also what looks like a Double Boat with Two Sails in the photo (see below)


Second Stage

1. Cake or Candy Basket (with the layers of the corners pasted together)

2. Tablecloth

3. Windmill or Pinwheel

4. Houseboat or Noah's Ark

5. Cup and Saucer

6. Double Boat

7. Sail Boat

8. Crown

9. Work-Basket

10. Admiral's Hat


There is also a description of how to fold a Paper Cap (Newspaper Hat), attributed to S.B.P, who is Mrs S B Patterson of the Kindergarten Training School at Truro, NS.


There is also a reference to paper strips being used to make Paper Chains and Cat-Stairs (Witch's Ladders)


Forms of Beauty (referred to in this work as Frames)


Mosaic Pieces

The work also explains how to make mosaic pieces suitable for arranging into stars by either folding alone or folding and cutting.


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