The always fun Low Tech Magazine has a very cool post on the rediscovery of paper models. As mentioned before, paper can only be folded into a certain family of shapes, but modelers have found some clever ways around the limitations over the years.
These do it yourself paper toys used to be quite popular. Now they're making a comeback online. The Low Tech article links to a wide array of historical models (most of which also provide opportunities for teaching across the curriculum). You can download simple ones as individual activities...
Or bigger, more complex ones as group projects.
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