Paper Blocks - Build. Play. Repeat.
Paper Blocks - Build. Play. Repeat.
A simple paper building toy. With the artfully designed cards, build castles, towers, buildings, and anything you can imagine!
A simple paper building toy. With the artfully designed cards, build castles, towers, buildings, and anything you can imagine! Read more
About this project
Paper Blocks are a building toy that is easy to use and provides hours of creative play. With a standard 75 card set you can build a castle in a matter of minutes. Build a castle, a village of buildings, a giant tower, anything you can imagine is possible.
The idea of Paper Blocks started nearly 32 years ago when I was just a little boy. My father got packages of index cards in the mail that were advertisements for various electrical control systems. He would give me the stack of cards to play with after he reviewed them and together we would build gigantic structures. Towers and castles would sprawl all over the family room and would only come down after we crashed hot wheels or monster trucks into them. A few months ago I came across an unused package of index cards and started showing my son and daughter how to build with them. My son made a comment (as we were building a castle) how he wished our structure looked like a castle. From that simple comment and many years and shoeboxes full of cards later, I designed a set of castle themed cards to take this building toy to the next level.
How to use:
Simply fold a few cards in half (pinching together the crease as opposed to sliding your fingers across to preserve the printed graphics) to create a base, then place a flat piece on top and repeat.
Need a quick tutorial on how to use paper blocks? Here's my 4 year old son explaining it better than I ever could.
Here is a timelapse of how to to build a castle using the standard 75 card set of paper blocks. While Paper Blocks are made out of paper, they are surprisingly resilient.
One of the best parts of finishing a Paper Blocks structure is then watching it come tumbling down!
About Paper Blocks
The standard set of paper blocks includes 75 cards. The cards are a mix of walls, windows, doors, and roofs. All of the cards are printed double sided and in full color. The detailed graphics helps bring your creations to life.
A simple castle can be built from the standard 75 card set, here are a few shots of what you can build. (Plastic figures not included)
Add a few sets together to make enormous castles with turrets, courtyards and towers like this one that used 187 cards in total.
Made out of heavy weight card stock, they stand up to demolition again and again.
When playing with Paper Blocks, children are using fine motor skills, flexing their imagination, learning spatial relations, basic geometry and building principles. You can even enhance the fun by adding some figurines or puppets as we have done in some of the videos. You can use Paper Blocks to tell a story like the one below.
Paper blocks are made in the USA using a local print vendor. When you are finished playing with Paper Blocks you can simply place them in your recycle bin.
I am so excited about this project I had a hard time deciding what theme to use for the initial run and when to stop tinkering and finally launch. If we are able to go beyond the initial project goal I will create the artwork for the ideas listed below.
If we hit $7,500
Foldable block style characters will be created. Imagine a single card that will fold in quarters to create a character to add more to your existing sets. A King, Queen, Guards, and Dragon will be created. The character sets will be added to orders of two or more sets sets if we can hit this stretch goal.
If we hit $8,000
An additional theme will be created for backers to choose from. At the time we hit $8,000 a survey will be sent out to all backers to help select the other theme option they would like to see. Haunted House? Gingerbread House? Skyscraper? Wooden Fort? The selected theme will be created and offered to existing and future backers of the project. Mixing and matching will be allowed, if you ordered multiple sets you would have the choice of getting all of one, the other, or any combination there of.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are very low, the majority of the work has already been done. The card graphics have been created, the print vendor is at the ready, all we need are enough orders to be able to print a large quantity at a low cost to make this work for everyone.
There are always unknowns, but I will do everything in my power to hold up my end and get you your Paper Block sets quickly and at the highest quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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