Paper Construction: Paper Punk Toy Review
It is amazing what you can do with paper.
You can write on it.
You can buy things with it.
You can write a love letter on it.
You can hang it on a wall to advertise your business.
You can make it into a paper airplane, fly it at a teacher, and get a detention.
You can make it into a city and a robot, among many other things.
Enter: Paper Punk.
Debuting 9 kits, Paper Punk is a beautiful, innovate way of using paper to build in 3D. We’ve got to play with 2 of the kids: the Urban City (24.95) as well as the Robot (15.95). The recommended ages are 6+, but younger siblings will have creating the shapes for sure.
The Urban City is the most open-ended of all of them. Fold and tuck paper into place to make different kinds of 3D blocks. Use some of the 697 stickers included to make it your own. You can add animals, people, shrubbery, signs, doors, windows, and more to create a personalized city. They even have a cool sticker that looks just like our capital building here in Madison :). You likes?
Not only is it open-ended and promotes creativity, but it’s also a sneaky way of learning some math this summer. On the back of the city planning map, there are the names of the shapes of the blocks– triangular prism, cube, tetrahedron, etc. I kid you not, this may be the only natural way of ever speaking those words.
While the blocks are super easy to make, they don’t stack and stay very well. I just used a touch of tape (or the stickers) to keep them on top of one another. It easily comes off when you’re destructing for the day.
The robot is not as open ended (there’s “a way” to do it but they encourage you to find a different way, if you like), but it was still fun to put together and play with afterwards. Especially because giant robots take over cities, if you know what I mean.
I challenged Asante (age 7) to put together this robot solo. He kinda resisted at first (because, you know, he could be reading Harry Potter or shooting hoops), but after he started doing it, he enjoyed it. I did have to do the small triangle blocks because the little pieces were really delicate. I ended up having to tape a couple of the sides because I couldn’t get them to go into the slot, which was fine, but just something to be mindful of.