Marilyn Scott-Waters is one of my very favorite people on the planet. No, I've never met her, but she is kind, creative, and generous. How do I know this? Check out her website and you'll see what I mean.
An incredibly talented and imaginative artist, Marilyn designs paper toys to encourage adults and children to play together. Her website features a mind-boggling (and ever-growing) number of free downloadable designs and templates for everything from Marble Mice (http://www.thetoymaker.com/Toypages/07Marblemice/07marblemice.html) and thaumatropes/spinners (one of the most cool toys EVER!)(http://www.thetoymaker.com/Toypages/02Spinners/02Spinners.html) to little boxes (http://www.thetoymaker.com/Toypages/18Fushiabox/18FUSHIABOX.html) to hold tiny treasures.
All you need to turn the downloadable designs into fun is some white cardstock, scissors, tape or glue, and some string or thread (for the thaumatropes and some of the other things). The Marble Mice need marbles.
Marilyn has written a book, entitled The Toymaker, which is filled with toys to cut out and put together. At $12.95, it's a great deal and great fun for all ages!
Marilyn, your artistic outreach is inspiring. Thank you!