Paper City Road Trip

Disney asked me to make a road trip illustration for a project of theirs. (More on that in a few weeks.) So I thought I’d turn some of the illustrations into a Paper City “Road Trip Pack.” I made road pieces, like train tracks, so you can build your own road. My son was very focused in this task, and ended up with a really great track. So if anyone is in the summer road trip mood, start your printers, and hit the road! (Free template with directions below.)

Click on the images below then print.


  1. Jackie
    June 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Joel, you are absolutely amazing! I stumbled upon your site...I'm a Montessori teacher with two toddlers, 2 1/2 and 15 months. I try really hard not to get sucked into the materialistic, plastic junk toys out there, but unless you're innately creative (which you are!), it's quite a challenge. It's a relief to find creative, artistic, inexpensive and simple ways to entertain our children, allowing them to use their imagination. Your ideas are so refreshing. Thank you so much, and I can't wait to use your ideas.

  2. Ann
    June 4, 2011 at 1:51 am

    I love this road to Paper City - thanks so much for making it available to us all Joel - you are a STAR! Hope you don't mind but I just had to Pinterest it.

  3. June 4, 2011 at 3:46 am

    This is great, we are going on a road trip of our own (Hungary-Slovakia-Poland-Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia-Finland) in a few weeks so this is a creat warm up to that plus it will be great in car playing and we can use it as visual aids whe story telling about our adventures.

  4. June 4, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Wow - such a great idea. So portable, flat, easy, imaginative and FUN!

  5. ana hana
    June 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

    excellent!!! Absolutely loving it! Thank you ;)

  6. June 4, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Great idea! You could also extend it to a railroad theme with paper track, engines, wagons, carriages etc.

  7. June 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

    whoa! Disney!? Not too shabby, Joel. ;) This is way better than a giant plastic whatnot that takes up all your floor space. I also love that so much of your stuff can eventually be recycled once interest has been lost. I think that's a great lesson for the kids.

  8. June 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Another beautiful toy, Joel! When I saw this on your blog, it was right next to the cover of "Made to Play!" with your finger puppets on the cover, and they're such a natural together. Some finger puppet deer will be perfect additions to our paper road trip scene!

  9. cristina
    June 4, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Joel, i hope you don't tire of my "adán" stories... I love your "road trip" idea which is uncanny because last week, on his last day of school, I took Adán on a surprise road trip! stop by and see! scroll down until you see him sitting with his grandpa and uncle Mando. you truly are a genius!

  10. June 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks so much everybody! I can't wait to see all of the road trip scenes. So many great ideas you all have! Feel free to upload photos on the Facebook Page!

  11. June 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I mentioned we were going on a road trip of our own, here is our beutiful 32 year old Lada that will be our transportation. I love Ladas because 9 times ot of 10 when kids draw a profile of a car, without even knowing it, they draw a Lada. They are the archetypal car.

  12. June 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    My daughter really love this. Thanks Joel. Such an inspiration.

  13. June 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

    As always, you are such an inspiration to me. Your creative mind is a wonder to behold. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

  14. June 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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  15. Minnie
    June 11, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thank you, Joel, for great ideas.

  16. July 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    [...] Disney FamilyFun Magazine asked me to create a design for their Badges of Fun summer activity game. I did the road trip badge, which just came out in their August issue. Below is a printout for the interactive version of the badge. You can also add it to the rest of Paper City Road Trip here! [...]

  17. July 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    oh my... my little boy would love this... the possibilities are endless! so simple, yet so brilliant!

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  19. Jodie
    September 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I discovered your website through the Martha Stewart Living article and I'm completely OBSESSED! I love everything and have spent a lot of time printing coloring pages, paper city, etc... my kiddo is going to love playing with everything. One request - train tracks for paper city? Just sayin'... Thanks for all of the great ideas and fun times to be had!

    1. September 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks everybody! Jodie - Ha, thanks! And yes, train tracks AND a train, are definitely on my Paper City to-do list!

  20. Donna Mann
    November 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Using these paper cities in my Kindergarten class during a unit on maps and globes-can't wait. I will let you know how it turns out!

  21. Rene
    February 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    OH am I ever glad I stumbled onto your site! My little 3 yr old boy loves to pretend play right now. He is going to LOVE these...I think I'll save them for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. THANKS!!! Oh, and yes, trains and tracks would be great, hint, hint ;-)

  22. March 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    awesome! cute idea! I have made an article on my blog with your idea. It will publishe tuesday. Tell me if you like.

  23. Arielle Sword
    March 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    This was a really fun way to spend a rain/hail day inside. So much fun and creativity! My 7 yr old daughter and I love it!

  24. Angela Grenfell
    June 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, you are truly awesome work at Kardinia Kids kindergarten and I am sure the children are going to enjoy all the new experiences, thanks to you Angie

  25. January 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    You are so talented and generous. Thank you for this adorable art. We have used the paper city a few times now, and as today is rainy we revisited your site. What a treat! Sadly we only had 5 pieces of cardstock between 2 girls. I ended up printing on all kinds of book covers and such. Your work is a hit! Thanks.

  26. February 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    [...] delightful paper projects for free. Joel makes cities for kids to print and play with, including a paper city road trip  and a paper version of the Sydney Opera House and Luna Park. He decided to miniaturize his Paris [...]

  27. Barbara Davie
    April 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Joel! Thank you for these templates. I absolutely love them. My grandson is coming any minute and I've printed them out for him to play with. I know he will love them as he's recently been to Luna Park and seen the Opera House on the way. What about a Sydney Harbour Bridge? That would be so cool to complete the Sydney set. Again, thank you. They are just gorgeous. - Barbara

    1. April 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Barbara. And great idea with the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I'll put that on my to-do list!

  28. July 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

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  29. Giulia
    January 28, 2014 at 5:49 am

    grazie grazie grazie! sei davvero un genio!!! e condividere questa tua idea con tutti è davvero un regalo!!!

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