Paper Blocks - Build. Play. Repeat. project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$1,019 pledged of $7,000 goal
backers
By Jacob Sinacola
$1,019 pledged of $7,000 goal
backers

About

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.

History:

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.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

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.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

One of the best parts of finishing a Paper Blocks structure is then watching it come tumbling down!

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

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.

75 Card starter set
75 Card starter set

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.

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

 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.

 Stretch Goals

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Paper Blocks Serf

    Thank you for helping me out, to show my thanks I will mail you a random paper blocks building card with a handwritten "Thank you!" on it.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $7 or more About $7

    Paper Blocks Squire

    For this reward you will receive one 75 card set of Paper Blocks and be able to let your imagination loose!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $13 or more About $13

    Paper Blocks Knight

    For this reward you will receive two 75 card sets of Paper Blocks and be able to build a castle, stables, and jousting arena for all your knightly needs!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $24 or more About $24

    Paper Blocks Duke/Duchess

    For this reward you will receive four 75 card sets of Paper Blocks to build your manor and rule yours lands!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $32 or more About $32

    Paper Blocks Prince/Princess

    For this reward you will receive six 75 card sets of Paper Blocks you can leave the oppressive rule of the king and queen and venture out to start your own kingdom!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Paper Blocks King/Queen

    For this reward you will receive eight 75 card sets of Paper Blocks to expand your kingdom. Get ready to have sprawling castles and towers of dizzying heights!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $475 or more About $475

    Paper Blocks Sorcerer

    Be ye good or be ye evil, one hundred 75 card sets will be yours with this gracious level of funding support!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $4,500 or more About $4,500

    Paper Blocks Jester

    You must be a little crazy, or you love a good joke, but if you are going to lay down that kind of coin, you will get one thousand 75 card sets!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)