Warmest Greetings from the Toymaker's Workshop

"One kind word can warm three winter months."


Christmas Sharing!

Hard to wait for Santa to arrive? Here are lots of toys and puzzles to keep you busy!

Click here to go to the Christmas page.

Click here to go to print the Note to Santa Page

(Computer Tip – If the new toys are not showing up on your screen, try hitting the refresh button on the browser bar. If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)


Paper Toys from My Artist Friends at Studio Five

I meet every week with my studio group, Bob Singer, Andrew Mitchell, JR Johnson and J. H. Everett, to learn our craft and to keep our projects on track. Our goal is to make the best children's books that we possibly can. They all gave me artwork to share with you. (Thanks, guys!)

Andrew Mitchell

Reindeer Maze - Easy Version

Reindeer Maze - Hard Version

Bob Singer

How to Draw Santa

J.H. Everett

Adorable Tiny Mice Cards

J.R. Johnson

Sleepy Bunny Coloring Page

"It's not what you buy your kids, it's what you do together." ~ J.R. Johnson



“In the bleak midwinter

Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago.

~ Christina Rossetti




Hello and hello!

What is the best gift you can give someone? Your time.

Whether it's a phone call to a friend, helping out a neighbor or reading a story to a kid, your time and attention is the most valuable thing that you have to offer the world.

So, don't get caught up in the hype. Don't stress.

The gift of your heart makes you a millionaire, don't you think?

Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.




"The parent who gets down on the floor to play with a child on Christmas Day is usually doing a most remarkable thing -- something seldom repeated during the rest of the year. These are, after all, busy parents committed to their work or their success in the larger society, and they do not have much left-over time in which to play with their children.
~Brian Sutton-Smith



I made these printable labels so that you can make a nice present for a friend.

Click here to download the "Infused Olive Oil" page

Click here to download the "Vanilla Sugar" page.


You can download Chanukah toys here…



Lost Words! The Ten Buck Dinner Challenge! Knee Horror!

Read it here...


And do say hello! I’d love to hear from you!




Librarians! Order my new book!

If you are a librarian or know someone who is, please order my new book, The Search For Vile Things. It's written by Jane Hammerslough and illustrated by me.


Next month! The Search For Vile Things Adventure!

How to make a paper flying snake, the world's biggest moth, disguise yourself as a coconut!

Thanks to everyone that wrote book reviews! I do appreciate it!

Donations cheerfully accepted to help provide free paper toys to children all over the world.


Buy My Books on Amazon!

Click on the Amazon logo to see my paper toy book.

(It makes a lovely present.)

Turn off the TV and have fun making things!

The Search for Vile Things from Scholastic, written by the very witty Jane Hammerslough and illustrated by me. It's in bookstores now!

It's filled with wonderfully creepy creatures from the East Indies, Komodo dragons, headhunters, leeches and giant rats!



All Material © Marilyn Scott -Waters



"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods."

~ Aristotle