Twinkl dinosaur pterodactyl paper toy craft model educational printable graphic design Alex Gwynne
Minimal Texture
Simple Shape
Optional Display Base
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 Pterodactyl Model

The pterodactyl was a single page toy and consisted of 4 pieces, half of which build the pterodactyl itself, and the other half were left to build the optional display stand which helped give the model the illusion of flight.

The model was built by sandwiching two parts together, both of which were 6 sided pyramids. One piece built the chest, legs and one half of the head, the other piece built the back wings and second half of the head. By pushing these parts up against each other it meant I could carry on the angles of the shape to create the wings and neck, and because the head was attached to both pieces it left the head attaching to the neck at a mid angle between the two.

The wings used a curved section to make the model more stable and the wings more resilient to bending or creasing, inturn using this curve also lowered the amount of folds needed to construct the model. A membrane runs between the body and wings which adds more strength to the model and also helps round out the pterodactyls shape, despite it being a hard edge with just a rounded texture applied to it.

The head features a section that folds up inside of itself , resulting in it poking out ever so slights from the crown of the skull. This piece locks at 90 degrees making it easier to access and glue. The eyes of the model are used as tabs to attach the two parts of the head together, but this also helps add depth and layering to what would otherwise be a flat face.

The base attached to the bottom of the pterodactyl and met at the floor in a perfect circle.

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