Papertoy Monsters, a fun cardboard creature making book

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My seven-year-old daughter and I spent a couple of hours this weekend putting together a few cardboard creatures from a new book called Papertoy Monsters. It comes with 50 die-cut templates of different kinds of colorful and whimsical monsters. You just pop them out, fold along the lines, and glue them together.

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We started with the monsters designated as "easy" and then moved on to the "intermediate" monsters. I think we are ready to tackle some of the "advanced" monsters next.

After the jump you can take a closer look at some of the creatures we made.

Papertoy Monsters

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  1. I have just purchased said book. I look forward to hours of frustrated gluing, folding, re-gluing, stapling, fits of screaming, tearful pleadings, and other fun with my son. I particularly like the idea of immolating our bastard creations.

    Thanks Mark!

  2. I brought home the copy the publisher sent to Mother Jones to see if my 8-year-old would like it. Like it? He was totally OBSESSED! He woke up at six the next morning to start making the monsters. He quotes their goofy characteristics, and he brought the book to school the next day for show and tell. When my wife arrived for pickup, he was under one of the play structures, surrounded by a crowd of envious kids. A few of the monsters were easy enough for my six year old girl. So, um, yeah. If you have a seven-to-nine year old, this one’s a winner.

  3. This looks so good I just ordered it! I, like i_prefer_yeti, am wondering what glue to use. In the pictures it appears that some sort of glue stick is being used. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  4. We used a gluestick. It was the only glue we had in the house. But it did the trick even better than glue, I’d say.

  5. gluesticks are the way to go for this type of work, IMHO. They are much lower moisture than Elmer’s so there’s no warping or wrinkling, and it’s almost impossible to over apply – no runs, no drips, no errors!

  6. We had an MLK Day lunch at GReats today. Afterward we walked over to the Giant Robot store to browse and picked up this book. My ten-year-old daughter was still poring over it when she went to bed. Funny to see it on Boing Boing the same day we stumbled on it!

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    and
    nicepapertoys.com

    lots of great stuff!

  8. So cool that the parts are actually die cut for punching out.

    By comparison makes the you-cut-it-out book creators/publishers look cheap and lazy!

  9. So cool that the parts are actually die cut for punching out.

    By comparison makes the you-cut-it-out book creators/publishers look cheap and lazy!

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