Twinkl dinosaur triceratops 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 Triceratops Model

The triceratops, is one of the more simplified models in the Twinkl dinosaur series, for those who have been following my work for a long time, it should look familiar, because its shape was based on a Triceratops I designed for a line of greetings cards whilst being filmed by the BBC some five or so years ago.

Dinosaur paper toy concept art

The main difference is just how I minimized the crown and head of the model. The toy is a single page consisting of three parts, the body, head and crest. The crest piece is glued behind the head  easily because it’s circular with a flat bottom and the headpiece has the same shape and texture at the edges which act as two large tabs to make sure it’s locked in place correctly. This cres piece is attached to the horns which line up with the texture around them to appear more full, despite only being textured on one side.

The body is simple and allows the two tail sections to meet up in the middle so that both side is textured. Short stubby legs protrude from the body which keep the model close to the floor and sturdy.

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