THANKSGIVING | Kaleidocycle Paper Toy to Color & Craft

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I previously shared a gorgeous Thanksgiving Mandala Leaf Placemat and/or Coloring Page with you. For cat lovers we’ve got this lovely Thanksgiving Table Decoration. Today, I have a fun Thanksgiving Paper Toy for you to keep little hands busy during the festivities and yummy dinner: Hattifant’s Thanksgiving Kaleidocycle Paper Toy!

This Thanksgiving Kaleidocycle or also called Flextangle is to color and craft. If you lack in time then there is also a colored version available! Yahoooy!

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You have not heard of Kaleidocycles before? Then read more here! There are lots more available to make and play with. Now lets show you how to make your own!

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Kaleidocycles are pretty easy to make as soon as you get the hang of it. So let me show you how it’s done. 🙂

You will need:

  • the template (find the download link further below)
  • paper (120gsm is great)
  • scoring tool & safety mat (not necessary but makes things easier)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • coloring pens

Start off by coloring in the template. This will be easier to do now rather than when you turned the 2D paper into a 3D shape.

Then go ahead and cut out the kaleidocycle (flextangle) shape. I now prefer to score the lines before folding them as this gives me really sharp folds and it is sooo much easier to fold as well.

What is scoring?! See the image above on the right hand side? Take a sharp (but not too sharp – you don’t want to cut through the paper) and “draw” / go over the lines that we will fold afterwards. If you move over this scored line with your fingertip you will feel the little dent. You can use a proper scoring tool but also a pen that no longer writes works like a charm.

See the red lines in the picture above? These lines we need to score and fold.

Start of by folding the vertical lines. Then fold 4x diagonal one way and then also the other 4 diagonal lines from the opposite end. You then will find that the paper toy becomes more wobbly – I call this the snake stage.

Add glue to the three indicated areas and glue the snake paper form shut. Let it dry! I cannot say this often enough! Being impatient myself, I also just want to quickly move on to the next step but it is worthwhile to wait. Your snake might dry in the wrong way or open up again.

The last and final step is to the glue the snake ends together. Push the outstanding paper part from one end into the opening of the other. Add glue to it before. If it doesn’t hold then add tape from the outside.

And… start playing! You will discover four images (I am sure you realized what they are before. 🙂 ) – a Thanksgiving leaf, a pumpkin, an acorn and the famous turkey.


You can download a colored version of this Thanksgiving Kaleidocycle Paper Toy as well as a black & white version to color in yourself. Click on the image below to download.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all and happy crafting and coloring!


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