Twinkl dinosaur Ankylosaurus paper toy craft model educational printable graphic design Alex Gwynne
Minimal Texture
Simple Shape
Client : Twinkl Educational Publishing

FUT Client Image - TwinklTwinkl is a digital educational publisher, creating digital resources for teachers to use in the classroom with children of all ages. I worked for Twinkl as a graphic designer and paper engineer for three years creating hundreds of educational paper crafts for use in the classroom and at home. As Twinkl offers the paper crafts as part of their subscription model none of the work I designed whilst with the company are available for download on the Fold Up Toys website, but are available though Twinkl for subscribers.

About Project

This series of dinosaur paper toys was designed for Twinkl in 2017, the set includes 10 models, including 4 smaller designs, the series was designed to scale in difficulty so children of different key stages would be able to build different dinosaurs.

The triceratops, stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus were designed to be simple paper crafts, with more rounded out and simplified edges to make construction quick and easy, where as the tyrannosaurus, spinosaurus and pterodactyl were more complex and featured more advanced paper engineering. A single page including three smaller paper toys, the archaeopteryx, deinonychus  and Dunkleosteus bridge the gap by being simple toys, but on a smaller scale requiring more advanced hand to eye coadunation.

The series was designed in a single working week, which will sound impressive to fellow paper toy designers but was a pretty standard turnaround time for the workplace I was in.

You can find out more about this paper model series by watching the project overview video here.

About the Ankylosaurus Model

The ankylosaurus is an exceptionally simple model, consisting of just two parts over a single page.

The top and sides of the body are curved to give a more rounded shape compared to the angular Triceratops paper craft, this also makes the curve along the armoured plates on the back stand out more. The back has two lips on the side which help lock everything in place and avoid any awkward gaps that can appear when dealing with curved elements. The texture of the armour plates caries onto the sides slightly, but by this point in the project I was running low on time an d I think you can tell where I rushed the texture of this model.

Designer Notes

This series of dinosaurs was a lot of fun to work on, mostly because dinosaurs are pretty cool.

Twinkl Tyrannosaurus-Rex


Twinkl Spinosaurus


Twinkl Archaeopteryx, Deinonychus and Dunkleosteus


Twinkl Pterodactyl