Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

This Halloween Flextangle is a fun Halloween activity with a colorful “twist”!

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)


Before there were fidget spinners, there were flextangles. Also called kaleidocycles, flextangles are a fun, hexagonal origami project for kids of all ages to color, assemble, and turn. And turn. And turn! I made a flextangle to color at MyPrintly that is a ton of fun to make. This time, I wanted to make one specifically for Halloween! This will be a fun Halloween activity for the classroom, parties, or just for fun at home.

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Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Markers or Colored Pencils
Scissors
Scoring Tool
Ruler
Glue
Clear Tape (optional)

Download and print the Halloween Flextangle printable on cardstock. Copy paper is easier to fold, but cardstock holds up better to the rotating (trust me on this one). Use colored pencils, crayons, or markers to color the flextangle.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Cut the flextangle out by following the outer border only.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Folding clean, straight lines is key for a successful flextangle. To do this, use a scoring tool and a ruler to score all of the vertical and diagonal lines. Use the black printed lines as a guide for the diagonal score lines. Line a ruler up with the top points with the dashed guidelines in the "glue" sections to score the vertical lines.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Fold all of the vertical and diagonal lines. Bending the paper in both directions a few times will help to make it more flexible when you're assembling and rotating the flextangle.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Add a thin layer of glue to the glue guide at the bottom of the flextangle template (labeled "glue"). For best results, use a quick-drying glue. You can also use double-sided tape.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Bring the colored/top end of the paper around like a tube. Line up the colored piece with the section covered in glue. Press the sections together and hold in place until the glue has set. Line up the other two sections and glue them to the corresponding glue guide. Hold each one in place until the glue has set.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Once the glue has dried, bend the 4 sections toward each other. This makes the flextangle more, well, flexible and it helps to make sure none of the seams come undone. If the pieces do come apart, re-glue the area or add a piece of clear tape over the seams.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

Add a thin layer of glue to both of the end tabs. Bring the two ends of the flextangle together, and place the end tabs inside of the open end. Hold the seam in place until the glue has set.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

When the glue has set, try rotating the flextangle. Sometimes the end tabs can pop out due to the pressure. To add a little extra support, you can add a piece of clear tape over the seams.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

When you first begin to turn the flextangle, go slowly. The paper needs to rotate through a few times before it loosens up and becomes more flexible. If you go too fast, the glued seams could come apart, or you could potentially rip the flextangle.

Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

This is a fun project for kids of all ages, and would be a fun Halloween activity in the classroom! Smaller children will need help assembling the flextangle, but once it’s ready to play with, they will be entertained for hours.

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Free Printable Halloween Flextangle (Kaleidocycle)

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  1. I want to thank you for this flex tangle. Halloween is my favorite holiday, the kids have been asking to make another flex tangle, even though they complained bitterly how hard they are! This is so perfect, working with a friend to make Halloween bags and watch Hocus Pocus today this will make such a nice break in between. THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!

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