Printable Toys – Free Family Fun!

Paper Helicopter

How do you turn a stack of card stock, a printer, scissors, glue, and a rainy day into a ton of fun? Printable toys!

I first stumbled upon printable toys a few years ago when I was looking for a mascot for a work project that would look cool and be easy to mass produce. I was surprised to find that there are hundreds of sites devoted to paper toys so I thought I would share some of my favourites.

In no particular order:

This site hasn’t been updated in a while, but within their archives we found Star Wars printables  that kept our 6 year old occupied for hours.  Their toys are all character based that range from the more adult/obsure (Mr. Natural/Mr. T) to ones that kids would love (Star Wars/Batman). It’s a great resource with tips, and even a blank template to design yourself.

Not only is this site absolutely beautiful, it is filled with some really amazing stuff.  The paper circus rider kept us occupied for hours. We printed off the template, coloured and had our own circus show in our kitchen. Great family fun.

This site feels like one of the biggest compilations of printable characters on the web. We printed everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles   to Mayor McCheese and played with ALL of them.  (Yes, there have been times my house has looked like a tiny army of paper people had invaded.) Fold and Play! That’s it!

Most of the projects on this site are on the more complex side, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun! Our favourite was the Bit.Trip Fate Arcade Bank Box that sat on my office desk for weeks collecting rogue paperclips.

So there you have it – some great sites to fill your rainy days. Do you have any great paper toy sites that you frequent?