The internet is full of free printables to download, print out and turn into awesome paper toys for your kids.
If your child plays a lot of Cut the Rope on your phone or iPad, we found a couple of cute paper Om Noms to print out and enjoy. More into robots? We found a super cool paper robot to cut and fold–print several and create your own robot army! Need something more girly? How about some old-fashioned paper dolls to cut out and dress up all day long!
The following printables are just samples of the cool paper toys waiting for you to discover and enjoy with your kids. One of the great things about these toys is that you can finally use your computer to get your kid playing off line for a while.
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Om Nom from Cut the Rope
If you visit the Cut the Rope website you’ll find a few free printables hidden away at the bottom of the page. There is a 3D Om Nom with a candy munching spider that is simple enough for any kid with scissor skills to cut out and assemble all by themselves. There is also a totally awesome, but much more complex, Om Nom in a box that requires more grown up dexterity. An older kid with a little patience should be able to assemble it, but if you’re doing this for a younger Cut the Rope fan, you’ll need to help.
There’s a surprising number of paper robots on the web, but most look like you need an engineering degree to figure out. This “Baby Robot Friend” looks simple enough for most moms and older kids to figure out.
The template is in PDF form and if you use a color printer, you’ll get one that looks more or less like the original.
There’s no instructions, so you’ll need to use common sense to figure this one out. Tips: use heavy paper to the robot can stand up to light play, get a razor knife out to cut the slits and fine details. We found a pair of pliers or tweezers very helpful to pull the tabs through the slits.Use a bit of tape to hold it together and you won’t need to wait long before this little bot is ready to play.
Paper dolls are a classic child’s toy/craft that any kid should get a kick out of. You can treat these as a rainy day craft, glue them down as part of an art project, or maybe work in a little history–they were pretty popular toy from the 1800′s to right before electronics took over the toy box.
Here’s a great link to some vintage paper dolls you can print out in full color and have fun cutting out. Try the Gingham Girls first, they look easier to cut out with their arms held close to their body.