Matthew Reinhart - Paper Engineer - Pop Up Book Genius

Matthew Reinhart is the paper engineer and creator of some of the ultimate amazing classic pop up books. Everyone loves pop up books and everyone loves Matthew's intricate and ingenious pop up mechanisms.
In this brilliant video, Matthew Reinhart superbly describes the amazing joy of folding and moving paper, of how to create pop up books, a magic that works for children and adults alike. I know just what he means, I share that joy!
Matthew looks behind the pages and shows you how to make pop up books and just how those amazing pop up paper mechanisms work.
Some fantastic tips for aspiring pop up paper engineers from a master of this arcane art on how to achieve the pop up wow factor!

Taking our simplest, most common material, paper, and transforming it into an unexpected surprise is something I share with Matthew.  I run pop up book workshops for children in schools and libraries all over the UK and abroad at Children's Book Festivals. It's great fun, as literally everybody in the world loves pop up books. We make amazing pop up monsters or dinosaurs, bugs or funny animals, it's silly creative fun but so stimulating for he children. Apart from enhancing their motor skills, it hugely encourages storytelling and literacy, even maths and geometry! Children, their teachers and parents never fail to be amazed by the magic of pop up paper. That gasp of awe and amazement is totally addictive!
If you would like a fun and creative pop up workshop, please do contact me on my contact form here.

Do check out Matthew Reinhart's Pop Up Book Website

Pop Up Paper on Pinterest - Pop Up Books and Paper Engineering

Pop Up Cards, Pop Up Books, Free Pop Up Templates and Paper Engineering on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great source for ideas and inspiration for us Paper Engineers. It's just about my favourite place to seek out new design inspiration. I have been featuring the images off this blog and adding some of the thousands of other images and designs that have been pinned to Pinterest by us pop up fanatics! If you look through the pins on my Pop Up Paper Pinterest Board you will find hundreds of brilliant free pop up card templates, pop up book designs and some wonderful origamic architecture. I have also added some wonderful paper sculpture ideas from some true masters of the art of paper, papercraft and paper folding.
Everyone loves pop ups and this is a great source for pop up ideas for kid's craft activities at school or in the home.
I hope that this source of pop up templates, downloads and printables will help anyone with a passion for paper and pop ups, be they creative design professionals, graphic designers, budding pop up book designers, parents, teachers, students or pupils. Have fun!

Free Pop Up Halloween Pumpkin Card

Free Pop Up Card Template No. 2 - A Pop Up Halloween Pumpkin! 

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Here is a brand new printable pop up pumpkin card template for you to download and print for some Halloween fun! 
Easy to make - Click on the image above or link below to download the pdf of this great free pop up halloween pumpkin.

Download your free Pop Up Paper Halloween Pumpkin Card here!

Free Pop Up Card Template No. 1

Free Pop Up Card Template No. 1 by Paul Stickland

Hi Everyone! Here are two really easy free pop up card templates to make simple and fun but very easy and effective pop up faces, pop up animals or pop up monsters in just a few minutes!

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The Pangea Pop Up by Michael Molina and Ted-Ed

The Pangea Pop Up by Educator Michael Molina and animated by the Ted-Ed Team.

I love the simple and elegant integration of sound geological science with great pop up book tecnology. Paper Engineering does seem to have a magical ability to engage with children's imaginations and learning.

I have spent the last 20 years working with children of all ages and abilites, exploring their creativity through the medium of children's picture and pop up books. There is something about pop up books that really engages with children's creativity.
I have found that they are a great medium to engage with children's creativity and learning through what feels like play. I see the most wonderful creations on my school visits and I am always delighted when a child, not normally known for their creativity, or lacking in self confidence, creates something really unexpected and amazing!  I have had some fun, let me tell you!

It's well worth visiting the Ted-Ed lesson that accompanies this great pop up science book. You will learn more about the geology and have that information presented in a simple and clear fashion. I learnt a lot!

Click here for the Ted-Ed Pangea Pop Up Lesson 

The paper engineering was created by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, who has some more great pop up books and pop up paper card ideas, as well as more great pop up book videos on her website 

Revolution - Life Cycle of a Drop of Water

Revolution - Life Cycle of a Drop of Water 

Top paper engineer, Helen Friel, incollaboration with photographer, Chris Turner and animator, Jess Deacon have created this short video depicting the water cycle using Helen's excellent pop up book designs.
Nearly a year in the making and shot in a continuous take, Revolution follows the cyclical journey of a single water droplet. So many brilliant ideas in one short film with a great message.
I love this clever use of pop up technology and paper engineering. We all love pop up books and the revelations they bring with each successive spread. There is something about the pop up that reaches into us and affects us.
Clever use of our sense of wonder and awe can really help get an idea or message home.

Helen has put together the most wonderful stop frame animation showing the making of Revolution. You can see all the stages in the creation of a pop up book and the paper engineering mechanisms behind them. Some of the very best pop up book and cards mechanisms and ideas shown here for your inspiration!

Fairchildes Primary School

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Paul Stickland Pop Up Book Workshops with the children of Fairchildes Primary School
I was lucky to share three inspiring days with the wonderful children and their great teachers in Croydon, South London.
A really outstanding and happy school led by some truly dedicated teaching and support staff.
I was invited to hold workshops with the children as part of their Pop Up Book Week by Sally Gardner, their inspired and energetic DT and Music Teacher, who had taught the children and teachers how to make every sort of pop up mechanism prior to my arrival. The result was amazing, the best primed and most capable children that I have ever worked with. It was a pure joy from start to finish. 

I gave them a very simple curved fold pop up mechanism which I have devised as an easy starting point. They then took their creations in all manner of brilliant directions and the teachers joined in and had great fun too! Adults love to join in with these workshops, they are often amazed  and surprised by their amazing creations!

The school was clearly the core of a very diverse community, with many of the teachers having attended the school and almost all of them having spent their entire working lives looking after, inspiring and empowering these lucky children.
Music, art and play seemed to be really important and the walls were covered with the most accomplished artwork.
I was constantly impressed by their academic achievments too, which seemed to sit very comforatbly with the really creative atmosphere that was so evident at their happy school.
I travel to many different schools all over the country and so I see and experince many different approaches. I rarely fail to be very impressed by the quality and dedication of the teachers and support staff. 
Musically Fairchildes was a delight. I was treated to some incredible singing and songs.
Their steel band was stunning! To see the teachers and children dancing together in the playground was joyous.
I learnt so much in the happy days that I spent here. The children were forthcoming, welcoming, articulate and had really open minds, we had such fun!
These teachers were getting something really right.
Those children are so lucky to be immersed in such a creative, caring and supportive atmosphere.
I think the photos tell the story.

Click here to see more of the amazing pop up book work of the children of Fairchildes Primary School!
You can enquire about a Pop Up Workshop for kids of any age here!