The Toymaker

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Cheerful paper toys to print and assemble.

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age 6+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn to make paper toys to use in imaginative play. Instructions to fold, cut, and glue free, beautifully decorated paper designs help kids develop fine motor skills. Some projects include a foldable pattern while others start from scratch with paper. There are activity ideas, too. The ability for kids to share pictures of their creations would be a great addition to this site. Videos, art, and printables do a nice job of showing kids and parents how to make these cheerful paper toys.

Positive Messages

The site's owner states on the home page that her goal is "to help grownups and kids spend time together making things."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site features terrific, colorful content and no commercial messages, plus, it's free!

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byBoca December 21, 2012

The Toymaker is a wonderful website for all ages

We have been printing and making toys from this site for a year. My son loves them, and so do his friends. The 3 dimensional toys help him learn to follow dir... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 year old Written byabuela February 11, 2010
Toymaker direct your children to Facebook and to buy some things

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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.

Talk to your kids 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

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For kids who love creating

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