How to Make Paper Poppers

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Here is a craft that can be done for the 4th of July to keep the kids jumping for joy, or anytime you need a craft to keep the kids busy. Paper poppers are a blast for any age, so get the whole family involved in this activity and see who can come up with the loudest sounding popper.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue stick
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Fold the piece of paper in half with the short sides together. Crease the edges well.

  • Fold one of the bottom corners up to meet the top edge of the paper. This forms a triangle on one side of the paper.

  • Cut off the extra paper, keeping the triangle. Throw out the paper you cut off.

  • Open out the triangle all the way.

  • Put glue all around the center crease of the paper and then fold the outer edges back in, forming a diamond shape.

  • Decorate one side of the paper using crayons, markers or colored pencils.

  • Fold the diamond together forming a triangle and trace this shape onto the second sheet of paper. Cut out the triangle shape and write POP on one side of the triangle you cut out.

  • Open back out the first triangle to the diamond shape and tape the triangle with POP on it to the diamond shape. To do this, place the POP triangle onto the diamond shape so the long edge runs across the center crease of the diamond. Tape only the outside edges together, leaving the long edge of the POP triangle loose.

  • Refold the diamond back into a triangle with the POP triangle tucked inside. Now your popper is ready to use!

  • Use the paper popper: Hold the popper at the bottom, placing your hand a little up from the very tip. Hold the popper up over your head and whip it down quickly. The inner triangle should pop out, creating a loud noise.

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