Summer activity idea: Papercraft Airplanes!

Paper Craft Airplane Number 5

Looking for a summer activity idea? Why not let young pilots-to-be take to the skies with PPP's just-published Paper Craft Airplanes book? Kids will find it packed with 24 awesome 3-D model airplanes, ready to take off!

Paper Craft Airplanes Cover

Young paper engineers simply pop out the sturdy paper shapes and follow the step-by-step illustrated instructions to fold or glue. (Parents: No cutting necessary.) With their super-cool, colorful designs, and names like Hot Stuff, Pirate, Secret Mission, Eagle, and Striker, these planes are sure to be a hit! The book even includes tips for modifying each model for better flight. Planes will look great on the shelf, too, when they're not zip-zooming through the air. It's hours of creative fun from award-winning paper engineer and designer Mary Beth Cryan.

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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. . . And in a show of commendable restraint, I'll stop there. Greetings, swashbuckling Internet corsairs! Today, if you handsome crew haven't guessed it, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you aren't already avast-ing and ahoy-ing about the town, there's still time to join in on the festivities! Grab the nearest really dashing hat, converse with a parrot at the local pet store, or just bombard your friends with truly atrocious pirate puns (way more fun than cannonballs, and arguably more painful for those on the receiving end). To the high seas!

Avast, ye scurvy scratcher-sketchers! Peter Pauper has long appreciated seafaring pirates ("privateers," as some prefer), most notably with our Pirates Scratch and Sketch. It possesses that attribute known to ensnare pirates of all ages: sparkles. No need to best the kraken or sail through tempests to reach these shiny objects, though. You just have to draw them!




Keep out of my book! And for heaven's sake, don't dog-ear the pages!If you're tired of people nicking your reading material (a practice I imagine is all-too-common aboard your average pirate ship), our Keep Out! bookmark sends an unmistakable message. There's a lenticular version, too, for extra emphasis.




A little subtler.Our iClips send a similar message, perhaps a bit more undARRRRRstatedly. (Sorry, I know it's a stretch, but I couldn't resist.)





X marks the spot! If you can tell the real map from the decoys. YAHAHA!And of course, for the recording of navigational notes, buried-treasure locations, and really eloquent piratical insults for later use, there's our Skull & Crossbones journal!




FARRRRRWELL! May you walk with a little extra swagger in your step today.

Suri Spotted with Scratch & Sketch

As seen on "Extra" (by eagle-eyed Long Island sales rep Anita Stein with Road Runners LLC), and located for viewing on E! online by super-sharp PPP Sales Assistant Liz — Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise out and about in NYC. And Katie's holding a copy of our Super Scratch & Sketch!

(Love the "Hello Kitty" bag Suri's holding, too!)