Agreeable Sheep – Updated

Sun, 9 Oct 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words. Moving pictures must be worth at least twice that. To that end, I'm creating a YouTube video explaining the best techniques for making paper toys from printing and aligning to scoring and cutting. The Agreeable Sheep seemed like the perfect subject for such a video but just needed a few small changes. And so, for your cutting and sticking pleasure, I present here, a slightly updated version for you to follow along with at home. YouTube video soon.

Print out the parts onto thin card (230 micron / 230 gsm is perfect)  

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts of the model then follow the instructions for construction below.

Not one to stand out of the crowd, our woolly friend agrees with everything you say… 
"Is this a good colour scheme?"
"Would you like to go for a walk?"
"Are you having a good time?"
"Does my bum look big in this?" …probably best not to ask. With this agreeable model you need never get a second opinion again.
Baa baa baa!

Fold up the two triangular sections on the box sides to make right angled triangles.

Glue the two box halves together.

Glue on the lid. Note that the hole in the box top goes to the front of the model.

Fold the two flaps on the base down and glue them into place. 

Fold in and glue the four vertical flaps to form triangular tubes one of which is arrowed above.

Fold up and glue together the body inner. Glue it to the inside of the body in the position shown. 

Fold round and glue down the other side of the body.

Fold up and assemble the head.

Glue the tab on the neck to the inside of the head.

Fold the coin holder round a single 20mm diameter coin roughly 4 grams in weight (One UK Penny is perfect for the job)

Glue the penny to the inside of the cam follower then glue the cam follower closed.

Assemble the push rod tube. Glue the large tab on the end of the push rod to the inside of the cam follower so that the edge is lined up with the edge of the cam follower arrowed above.

Thread the push rod up through the hole in the top of the box then glue the tab on the back of the cam follower to the back of the box as shown above.

Fold of the cam to make double thickness card then carefully cut it out.

Assemble the axle and thread the cam onto it gluing it down onto the grey areas.

Thread the axle into the box lining up the green ends.

Assemble the handle in three steps. Fold up the two square sections. Glue one section into the other. Roll round and glue down the long tab.

Glue the washers to the axle then glue the handle into place.

Glue the push rod to the head so that the crease in the tab lines up with the end of the neck tab arrowed.

Glue the four feet to the box using the grey pads for alignment.

Complete the model by gluing the neck to the front of the body. Turn the handle to see the sheep nod.
Now that wasn't so bad was it?

What do you mean, "Yes"?

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Comments (12)

  • michael42er October 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

    This model I’ve built for the

    This model I've built for the first time a year ago. The new publication brought me the idea for the modification. In other models, the mechanism is used by oscillating movements, Watch Mouse, Bunny mechanics. I have used the model “Dog ate my homework”. Only two cam fingers for the striker plate, which were reinforced with cardboard. The change to the sheep-box are kept as low as necessary. Because of the low overall height I have the shaft, as shown in the photo, is glued, including a base plate of 6 x 6 cm². The distance between the vertical and horizontal shaft is 12 mm. The striker plate is positioned centrally.

    I answer questions via e-mail.


    Video on Youtube

    • m.hengsbach October 29, 2011 at 10:15 am

      I’ve yet to see an animation

      I've yet to see an animation of Disagreeable Sheep.

      Michael     alias michael42er

      • robives October 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm

        Thanks Michael, that’s

        Thanks Michael, that's fantastic! I've reposted it in the blog here.

      • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        Can i download the

        Can i download the Disagreeable Sheep for free to match with my SUPER cute Agreeable sheep?

        • Smelter December 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          The Disagreeable sheep is a

          The Disagreeable sheep is a custom mod/mashup of the "Agreeable Sheep and the "Dog ate my homework"


          You could ask Michael for a template but the real point of this site is to make your own.

          You can also use the Flip Flop mechanism… – RI

        • michael42er December 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

          Thank´s Smelter. It’s all

          Thank´s Smelter. It's all said or written. A prototype, built only once by me. The pattern only for the box (same size as original) can I send by mail. Michael

    • Lord Vasterg April 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm



      I disagree, though the sheep agrees with you. – RI

    • jackz December 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      How do you connect the sheep

      How do you connect the sheep together?

      • michael42er December 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

        Cuttinga square hole in the

        Cuttinga square hole in the handle (crank). Then put through a long square rod. You see it in the video clip at 0:40

        • jackz December 16, 2014 at 2:20 am

          How do you design the art on

          How do you design the art on the box for the Agreeable sheep?  Also, How do you scale the size of a PDF?

  • tahnee September 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

    My Agreeable Sheep agrees

    My Agreeable Sheep agrees that this is a great way to start understanding the simplexities of automata! Agreeable Sheep also agrees that there are way too many hot glue cobwebs on my desk.

  • jackz October 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I made one of each for my

    I made one of each for my teachers! They loved them!! thanx Rob! you are the King of Automatas!

    Thanks Jackz! – RI

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