We love paper toys not only because are they super inexpensive to make, but they are a wonderful way to transform a simple material into magical fun!
We have made over 40 DIY toys over the years but our paper toys are some of my favorites. Flextangles is one of the most popular projects ever on Babbe Dabble Do and always a hit in our summer camps, and Paper Helicopters are a wonderful introduction to engineering. I’ve gathered 10 of my favorites here and if you want an easy way to download and print a number of them for home use or in the classroom, I’ve compiled them into a Printable Play Pack you can see at the end of the post!
10 Paper Toys to Make with Kids
Click on the links and/or images to see each project in full.
Make this paper toy and be mesmerized by the colorful action!
2. Paper Tops
Easy for even young kids to spin!
3. Paper Houses
3 Templates for PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate! Add some Hot Wheels cars and paper roads and make your own village!
A paper toy that teaches about persistence of vision!
Learn how to make a paper helicopter with this step-by-step tutorial.
A never ending puzzle…seriously….
A classic toy every child should make!
8. Doodle Cubes
Transform paper into artful building blocks!
A wonderful engineering challenge proving the right shape can be very strong….
10. Balance Hearts
I’ve had so much great feedback on this project from readers!
If you want to make these Paper Toys I’ve compiled 7 of them into a Printable Paper Toys Play Pack you can download and print here!
It’s a great addition to your classroom or at home with you kids! Please note Doodle Cubes, Paper Blocks, and Balance Hearts are not included in our play pack.
Recommended Ages: The projects in this play pack are appropriate for children ages 6+. If you have younger children you can still make use of these toys; have your child decorate the templates and an adult or older child construct them.