What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site features terrific, colorful content and no commercial messages, plus, it's free!
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
From paper doll pandas to printable puzzles, this site's wide range of hands-on activities will appeal to kids who like coloring, drawing, folding, building, animals, magic, holidays, and toys ... so, basically, any kid!
Kids learn to make paper toys by either following printed directions or watching a short video. Activity suggestions like a paper turtle race or paper dog show give kids ideas about playing with their new toys.
Some projects include a foldable pattern while others start from scratch with paper. There are ideas for offline activities, too.
What's it about?
If you have access to a color printer, you're just a few keystrokes away from a whole toy chest of fun. More than 30 paper toys can be printed, folded, and glued together. Some of the offerings include a \"Tooth Fairy Gazebo\" (\"so she will have a place to rest when she visits your house\"); \"Marble Mice\" (\"cats love them\"); and a \"cootie catcher\" (\"to see if someone has a warm heart\"). Besides the toys, there are decorations for many favorite holidays, including a Groundhog Day pop-up toy, a set of Halloween banners, and a New Year's penny box.
Is it any good?
The great thing about crafts is that they're fun to create -- and fun to play with afterward. From paper doll pandas to printable puzzles, this site's wide range of hands-on activities will appeal to kids who like coloring, drawing, folding, building, animals, magic, holidays, and toys ... so, basically, any kid! The site's design is refreshingly clean and simple, and the craft illustrations are lovely.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how playtime was different before the Internet and computers. Do you think the Internet encourages kids to be more creative, or does it interfere with creativity? What activities would you miss the most if you didn't have a computer or Internet access?
Families can also discuss which of this site's activities kids like best and can share some of their favorite childhood crafts