Summer Fun: Paper Toys

by Wendy Copley on June 14, 2011

One of the first activities Wyatt selected from our summer fun list was making paper toys. I downloaded  and printed a bunch of PDF’s from the Toy-a-Day site and Wyatt immediately started snipping away with the scissors.

Paper Toys

There are a couple of reasons I chose the Toy-a-Day toys. First off, they are generally pretty simple shapes with lots of straight lines. Wyatt does a fine job with the scissors, but some of the other paper toy sites I found feature images that require very detailed and fussy cutting. Also, since all the toys are constructed in the same way, I only had to give Wyatt a few basic instructions before he could work independently and cut out lots of toys on his own.

Paper Toys

I also like these because they have many characters that are appealing to kids. So far, some of Wyatt’s favorites have been: Batman, Robin, Superman/Clark Kent, the Angry Birds and Sponge Bob.

He made a Spock toy for his dad (I helped him cut by his request):

Spock!

Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine for Augie:

Bob and Tom

And Strawberry Shortcake and Wonder Woman for me!

Strawb and Di

In fact, Wyatt is so into making these paper toys that he woke me up at 5:50 a.m. on his first day off school to ask me to help him put them together.

5:50 a.m.

The first day of summer vacation.

Paper Toys

(I said no.)

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  • Melissa

    Love this! I have printed out two of them, but mine are much smaller than yours in your pics. Is there a trick to making them print larger?

  • I resized them in Photoshop elements to make them print larger. The smaller size was too tiny for small hands to manage.

  • Melissabar

    Thanks for the reply!

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