Be Creative: Make Your Own Kaleidocycle

Sara Pena


We here at Brooklyn Public Library invite you to Make Your Own Kaldeiocycle. Try it at home or look in our Calendar of Events for a local branch hosting this activity! No matter where you make it, you can receive a Be Creative sticker for your Book Your Brooklyn Summer@BPL gameboard. You can learn more about Summer@BPL on our website.


  • Paper with Printed Template (Sample templates from We're Calling Shenanigans and Easy Peasy Fun)
    • Tip: If you have it, we recommend printing this out on cardstock or other heavy paper.
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape


  1. Take a printed template and color, draw, write, or decorate it as you choose. Let your imagination be your guide!
  2. Cut out the shape along the exterior lines.
  3. Fold along all the diagonal lines. Make sure you crease all the folds really well!
  4. Fold together and use tape or glue to complete the assembly.
    • TIP: If you get stuck, watch the video at the top of the page for help! 

Enjoy playing with your Kaleidocycle! If you made this at home, make sure you stop by your local branch and pick up your Figure It Out sticker for your Summer@BPL gameboard!

Also, if you love making crafts out of paper, want optical illusions to puzzle your brain, or more, you can check out these books to learn more!

Book Cover: 3D Paper Crafts for Kids
3D Paper Crafts for Kids: 26 Creative Projects to Make from A-Zby Helen Drew of Arty Crafty Kids

This project guide that carefully illustrates how to create 26 charming projects from paper and other household items.

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Book Cover: Optical Illusions: An Eye-Popping Extravanganza of Visual Tricks
Optical Illusions : An Eye-Popping Extravaganza of Visual Tricks by Gianni Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber

This pictorial feast of rotations, geometric illusions, delusions, and other impossible images introduces children and adults to the fascinating intersection of art, science, and magic. Designed and drawn by a famous puzzle maker, the book includes many original illusions as well as new adaptations of lesser-known visual tricks. Simple commentary explains how the illusions work.

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Book Cover: The Flat Stanley Collection
The Flat Stanley Collectionby Jeff Brown

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. At only half an inch thick, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!And that's only the start of Stanley's adventures. In these four tales, Stanley also becomes invisible and helps nab some bank robbers, journeys to outer space to rescue aliens, and, after being rounded out, turns flat?again! One thing is for sure: There's nothing Stanley Lambchop can't do!

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Book Cover: Little Hands Paper Plate Crafts
Little Hands Paper Plate Crafts: Creative Art Fun for 3-to-7-Year Oldsby Julia Check

Quick, easy, and inexpensive crafts use foil, feathers, buttons, markers, paper streamers, and other easy-to-find objects to create animal masks, career hats, vehicles, and more.

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Book Cover: Crafty Kids
Crafty Kidss: Fun Projects for You and Your Toddlerby Rosie Hankin

Here's a great way for Mom or Dad to spend quality time with their pre-schooler. Fun ideas abound in this bright, cheerful, color-illustrated book filled with quick-and-easy art projects for making posters and paper models.

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This blog post reflects the opinions of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Brooklyn Public Library.


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