Tried out your sports card box idea as a class springboard for my 7th grade design unit. As an Industrial Arts teacher, I found both boys and girls enjoyed working out box designs and drafting patterns. Some worked on personal or younger sibs' sports cards for the box. Some did designs for small gift boxes for earrings, etc.
We worked on card stock and stuck with your single sheet card box idea as illustrated. Lots of measuring, cutting, folding, testing, remeasuring, etc. Their final submissions included some of the best integration of peer critique I have had!
The success seemed to be a combination of (1) usefulness to them (2) application to school assignment (3) easy pattern duplications for friends (critics!) to try out. They learned a lot. Me too!
At least two kids may continue to explore their box designs in our plastics unit.
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