Paper Slotted Animal Toys

We’ve been enjoying a lot of indoor paper crafts lately, and a few days ago we made some little slotted animals based on a wooden set that I made awhile back.

Cutting the animal shapes out and putting them together was just the right amount of challenge for the kids. They were quite focussed, and really enjoyed seeing them stand up when they finished. After getting the hang of it, my son started making his own creations, including a Jabba the Hut and Luke Skywalker. Cool! (See photo below)

Making them is easy. Just cut out a body shape and two legs. Then cut slots so you can stand them up. There is a template below, or you can make your own designs. If you use a thicker paper, then you might need to cut your slots slightly wider so the feet stay straight.

After you finish, you can take them apart and put them in a little box or envelope. Then you can take them on the go to restaurants, etc. Nice!

Template: Click on the image below, then print.

Here is a look at the wooden version if you’d like.


  1. Tia MiMi
    November 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love stuff Made by Joel. So fun, simple, and whimsical. Thank you, good man, for your lovely creativity and your willingness to share!

  2. November 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, we are going to have fun with this idea in our house! And I LOVE Luke and Jabba. Ha. So awesome.

  3. Doris
    November 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Very cute! The sad baby seal must have been made by an animal lover.

    1. November 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

      That does look like a sad seal, but it's actually supposed to be Jabba the Hut from Star Wars.

  4. November 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

    LOVE IT!!! ^_^

    1. November 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Thanks everybody!

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  6. Sarah
    November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    wonderful work ...

  7. Sarah
    November 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    ... and thank you =)

  8. November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Joel, as usual rad toys, but WOW! That is an awesome fireplace man! Nice! Wood piles make me happy.

    1. November 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks Pete! Yeah, we moved into a 1960 ranch house over the summer. You'd probably dig it. The wood is from a dead tree in our yard we had chopped down. Made for some good, decorative firewood! Nice!

  9. November 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Wow I love your ideas! In a era where everything is made by machine and of plastic It's wonderful to see people still use their imagination to make beautiful things.

  10. Jackie
    November 29, 2012 at 1:59 am

    My son and I had so much fun with these today! Thanks!

  11. bridget
    January 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    these are perfect for little hands to assemble. and can see them working for all our three boys - age 8,6 and 2. thanks.

  12. Paulette
    April 17, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hi, I tried printing the Paper Slot Animals template, and all that came out were the eyes.

    1. April 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Hi Paulette. The eyes print black, but the lines print lighter gray. They should show up just fine though. Maybe try a different preset setting on your printer - like a higher quality print, instead of a quick print. There are so many different printers and printing software that it's hard to give much good advice. Good luck! If that still doesn't work, I could actually email you a printout with black lines.

  13. August 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Saw these animal cookie cutters, and they reminded me so much of your paper/wood animal toys: Oooh, the possibilities are endless.

    1. August 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Ha! What a cool idea. Thanks for showing me Katie!

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