Magazine article Technology and Children

Cool Tools for Card Engineering

Magazine article Technology and Children

Cool Tools for Card Engineering

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Elementary teachers are always on the lookout for tools that will make their work or the work of their students easier. When we think in terms of tools for children's engineering, we also need to think of safety.

When doing any kind of card engineering, students need to score and fold paper accurately. The method that teachers often use is to have students place a ruler along a line on the paper or card that needs to be creased and then have children run the edge of their scissor blades along the edge of the ruler. Then the students turn the scissors over, holding the blades in their hands, and use the handle of the scissors to press a firm crease into the paper.

Although effective for adults and older students, it's not the ideal way to teach elementary students the correct and safe use of tools. So what method can you use to score and fold that is safe and inexpensive? Try a dressmaker's tracing wheel!

What is a dressmaker's tracing wheel? It looks like a trundle wheel or pizza cutter, only smaller. Unlike a pizza cutter, the wheel is not sharp and will not cut through skin. Students simply place a ruler along the line they want to score and run the tracing wheel back and forth against the ruler a few times. …

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