Marble Paper Play Pal Family

We showed you how to make Paper Play Pals with our Skin Tone Craft Paper, but now we want to introduce you to our Marble Paper, and Mini Paper Play Pals!


Age: 4+

Duration: 10-40 minutes (depending on the size of your Marble Paper Play Pals family)

Learning Outcomes: Cut and roll paper to practice fine motor skills. Encourage imaginative play.

You Will Need: 


Start by downloading the Mini Paper Pals Template to your computer. Place your favorite sheet of Marble paper in your printer. (It may take some experimenting to see how your printer feeds paper through, so you get the lines printed on the side you want!)DSC_6505

Each sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper makes TWO Mini Paper Pals. Start by cutting the horizontal line that splits the paper in half. DSC_6507

Once you have cut the sheet in half, gently roll up each half sheet, being careful not to crease it. Then let it relax.


Next, carefully cut the dotted lines on both half sheets of paper.

Now carefully roll up the leg sections and tape them so they stay rolled.

Next, roll and tape the arm sections.


You may want to trim the arms to your preferred length at the end. Once you have rolled and taped the arms, roll and tape the body.


Once the body is rolled, fold the flap over to create the head, and trim the arms. You can also use a washable marker to give your Mini Paper Pal a face!


One sheet of paper will make two Mini Pals, or one full-sized Paper Pal. Explore all the different colors of Marble Paper and create a Paper Pals Family.



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Good-Bye 2017! Looking Forward to 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, we thought we would look back on what a great year we have had, and give you some sneak peeks for the coming year!

We want to start with a look back at our favorite 2017 Blog Posts!


Our Roll-Up Paper Play Pals are a terrific craft for students! Use them in imaginative play, for “All About Me” activities and as a fun paper doll.


Roylco introduced two dolls in 2017, and they could not be any cuter! Encourage kids to explore their bodies and their emotions with these cuddly dolls.

In an October full of masks, this was one of our favorites! This beautiful lion encourages kids to explore paper sculpting and to create wearable art!

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We loved how these vibrant and versatile stars brightened up the room!

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Visual, tactile and beautiful, we absolutely love the marbling process used to create this adorable caterpillar!


2017 has been a great year for us, but we are so excited to debut exciting new products and craft ideas to you for 2018! Stay tuned for future blog posts featuring exciting new products including:

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Roylco’s new R72020 Live Action Green Screen Kit allows students to create their own special effects and movies! The kit will include 6 green screens and 24 sticks to use to manipulate puppets of their own design. Stay tuned for blog posts featuring tips and tricks for green screen editing, puppet templates and more!

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Roylco is expanding our line of dolls with these adorable numbers! The R35076 Number Dolls include 9 colorful dolls from 0-9, and seven hook and loop math signs. Stay tuned for blog posts exploring the mathematical possibilities of these friendly-faced dolls!


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R10210 Action Shapes


Lights! Camera! Action! These moving people shapes are wonderful resources to use for art projects, and amateur stop-motion videos. Action Shapes are made from sturdy card so that they will hold their shape while you position the characters’ arms and legs. A super-simple design for the pivoting joints helps make the characters easy to assemble and easy to move, too!


Color in and draw details on the character to make self-portraits or develop a unique character. Students may find that having a blank project in front of them seems a little daunting. There are so many ways to decorate the project, but which way is the best way? The Action Shape is made of sturdy card, so you can trace the shape on paper and plan your project.


The Action Shapes characters feature 9 parts: the head, neck and torso, two upper arms, two forearms, two thighs and two lower legs. All of the paired parts connect to each other using pivot points. These pivot points are formed by special fins on certain pieces that go through pivot holes in corresponding pieces. In order to make decorating the Action Shapes easier, assemble the pieces together after you finished coloring them.

Note: Keep track of all your pieces! There are two larger thigh pieces that can easily be confused with the upper arm pieces. If needed, write the location of each piece on the back. You can even specify “left” or “right” depending on how you wish to organize them.

To trace, lay the main body piece of the character onto a sheet of drawing paper. Hold the character steady with one hand while using the other hand to trace around the outline of the character. Use the traced outline as a guide for experimenting with different “looks” for your character. Illustrate different clothes on the character with a pencil; add in a happy face or a surprised face; or, try on different hairstyles. Then, color it in! If you need to re-trace your Action Shapes design, use another sheet of paper and draw a different appearance. Find out which look is best for your character. Once you have chosen your favorite “look,” use the illustration as a reference to draw on the details.

First, use pencil to lightly draw in the details on your Action Shapes character. Use crayons or pencil crayons to add color. The Action Shapes characters are designed on special blank card that accentuate crayon and pencil crayon colors. Tip: Some students find it easier to outline the different parts of the character with a crayon before coloring in the entire area. Use this technique to guide students towards coloring the whole surface area of the Action Shapes before moving on.


Assemble your Action Shape by locating all the “fins” at each of the joints. The fins are designed to slip through special pivot holes in select pieces that go on top. Bend the fins up from the backing and fold in towards the middle. Do not tear or remove the fins.


Next, pop out the pivot hole. Place the piece with the fins underneath the piece with the pivot hole. Pinch the fins together and slide through the notches on either side of the pivot hole. Once the fins are through, fan them out flat over the pivot hole.


Now you can rotate the pieces! This will create movement with your Action Shape character. Look out for our next blog post that will show you how to create your very own stop-motion animation video!

Curriculum Connections

  • Encourage self-awareness through “All About Me” crafts
  • Build moviemaking vocabulary
  • Create storyboards and scripts
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Integrate digital learning with multimedia art
  • Generate understanding about character poses
  • Exercise gross motor skills through fun posing activities
  • Discover the early history of film and stop-motion animation
  • Brainstorm activities for characters to perform
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • List action verbs for literacy


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