The Toymaker

Common Sense Media says

Cheerful paper toys to print and assemble.

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What parents need to know

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."

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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

Subjects

Arts

  • playing
  • sculpture

Hobbies

  • building

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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!

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

Some projects include a foldable pattern while others start from scratch with paper. There are ideas for offline activities, too.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • playing
  • sculpture

Hobbies

  • building

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

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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?

QUALITY
 

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

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byBoca December 21, 2012
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6
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LEARNING

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 directions and think about how things go together to make certain shapes. The drawings and colors used are delightful. There are wonderful free printables for people of any age, including cards, decorations and stationery as well as adorable toys!
What other families should know
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 6 year old Written byabuela February 11, 2010
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
Toymaker direct your children to Facebook and to buy some things

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