The Public Paperfolding History Project

Main Index Page


Manual Teorico-Practico de Educacion Parvulos by D Pedro de Alcantara Garcia, 1879
'Manual Teorico-Practico de Educacion Parvulos' by D Pedro de Alcantara Garcia was published in Madrid by the Imprenta del Colegio Nacional de Sordo-mudos y de Ciegos in 1879. Some sources give the publication date as 1876 but this is possibly because the book was the result of a contest for a work of this nature, the result of which was announced in that year. (Information from Juan Gimeno.)

A full copy of the work can be accessed online at

There are chapters devoted to paperfolding (plegado), strip folding and paper cutting.


Paper Folding

The chapter devoted to paper folding is short on illustrations. However, on page 210 it says ... roughly ... 'Only when students have exercised for some time in this kind of work and it is known that they are somewhat skilled ... are they allowed to invent forms. Starting from the salt-cellar, and by simply modifying and increasing the folds ... figures can be made that mimic a star, a pajarita, a little boat without sails, another with them, a pair of pants, a flask, a double ship, a table, a windmill, a closed box, a wallet for coins and others that, because they are well known, we don't need to mention. Plate 24 shows some of the forms that can be made with the square of paper: these forms give, in general, an idea of how to fold the square to obtain some of the aforementioned forms, and by themselves they constitute artistic forms based on the geometric ones.'


Strip Folding


Paper Cutting (producing patterns from a folded square)