Puzzle cubes meets Transformers: move the cubes around and see your drawings transform!

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It will take you about 1:30- 1:45 hrs. to make.

You´ll need:

_4 pieces of A4 card

_2 sheets of regular printer paper

_To download and print these files:

on card:

cubes1

cubes2

cubes3

cubes4

on paper:

transformers_1

transformers_2

_Cutter or Exacto knife.

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on.

_Coloured pencils, crayons or markers.

_Ruler.

_UHU glue.

_Glue stick

_Sticky tape.

How to make your Cubic Transformers:

I have divided the process in 3 parts so that it is easier to follow:

MAKING THE CUBES:

1. Once you have printed the files cubes1, cubes2, cubes3 and cubes4 on card, use your cutter or Exacto knife to cut all 8 shapes. Cut all the way through the continuous lines; the dotted lines indicate where you should pass the knife a couple times without cutting all the way through. This will allow you to fold all the sides and tabs.

2. Fold the sides and tabs.

3. Put a little UHU on the tabs of one of the cubes and close it. Do the same with the rest.

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JOINING THE CUBES:

1. I’m sure you’ve noticed that every side of every cubes has a letter and number in the middle; also that some of the sides have smaller letters and numbers with a little arrow pointing to one of the sides. These are to help you put the right cubes together. So for example, there is a cube that says O6 in the middle of one of it´s sides; this side also says O5 and has an arrow pointing up. This means now we have to find the cube with the side that says O5 in the middle and has a smaller O6 and arrow pointing down.

2. Put these 2 cubes together and add a piece of sticky tape all along the sides that are supposed to meet (in this case the side with O5 and arrow pointing up and the side with O6 and arrow pointing down). Cut the exceeding tape. See the image below to make this clearer.

You should now be able to “fold” the cubes back and forth, as if the sticky tape was a hinge.

3. Fold the cubes all the way back and add some more sticky tape to the sides that meet. This will make the tape hinge stronger.

4. Repeat steps 1 -3 until you’ve joined all the cubes together. When you’ve finished, you should have something that looks like the image below.

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ADDING THE IMAGES:

1. Print files transformers_1 and transformers_2 on regular printer paper. You`ll notice that these files also have arrows and numbers. These numbers indicate where in the cubes each little square will be stuck.

2. Use your coloured pencils, crayons or markers to add colour and detail to the drawings.

3. When you’re finished colouring, cut all the squares. You`ll have some kind of square puzzles of your drawings. Make sure you don´t mix the squares so that you still know which letter and number corresponds to each square of the drawings.

4. Pick the first square, A1 and stick it on the cube that says A1. The orientation of the letters and numbers in the cubes, will tell which way the drawing squares should be facing.

5. Keep sticking drawing squares onto the different faces of the cubes until you`ve finished all the squares. You`ll notice that there are more sides on the cubes than drawing squares. It´s ok, the sides with letter O are supposed to be empty. You can colour them all in black if you like.

Ok, with all the drawings in place you’re ready to start transforming! First step, can you arrange all the cubes into a big one?

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Rotate the big cube, open it and close it again, rearrange all the cubes and see your robots transform.

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Enjoy!

Tags: box, characters, cubes, modular, puzzle, transformers