Dad Makers: DIY Printables by Joel Henrique

Made by Joel is a website to visit over and over again with your child as he or she grows. Artist Joel Henriques’ precious free printables fall into three categories: colouring sheets, paper city toys and various paper toys. And, the crafts are filtered for suitability according to age 0-1, 1-2, 3-5 and 6+.

Joel offers excellent quality downloads and explains each craft clearly. You’ll appreciate how uncluttered his designs are. For road trips, you’ll appreciate that some of the templates for toys come in travel-size. Needless to say, they are lightweight and don’t take up much space in the bag. (see Travel-size Paper City Paris)

Joel ensures that his crafts are both accessible and meaningful. This encourages everyone, regardless of economic means, skill level or age to participate in the collective, creative process. With just paper, thread and a button, Joel’s Paper City Helicopter adds dimension to play in a Paper City. 


Several of the templates found in his book, Made to Play, are also available for download in his website. You can purchase the book online or you can borrow it in from NLB*.

Thanks Joel for sharing what you make for your children, and showing that our learning can be enriched through play.

You don’t have to be rich to have a rich life.

*Search for it in the NLB here.

Categories: Hobbies & Crafts

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