I don't need to convince you of the virtues of paper, but here it is once again, providing us with hours of inexpensive entertainment in lean times.
So, before you and your credit card head for the Kit's Camera fire sale, Best Buy, or Toys R Us to keep boredom at bay this summer, try rolling some of these same consumer goods off your printer at home (but don't try to spend any play money that you print out).
In a post awhile back I mentioned the Corbis templates for pinhole cameras, but there are certainly others.
Dirkon: the paper camera is from 1979 Communist Czechoslovakia (so says Wikipedia).
The Rubikon (wow!) is a more recent update on the concept. (Look for the tiny "Download Rubikon" link below the post.)
The models here don't actually function for any other than a decorative purpose, but they are entertaining all the same. This link has a whole mess of paper stuff, but most interestingly, it has links to paper electronics:
Return to your youth with a Commodore PET computer, or stop that nagging teen in his or her tracks with a paper iPod or cell phone. ("Son, I GAVE you an iPod last week.")
Paper productivity tools
Oops, I spoke too soon: Pocket mod, the paper PDA is not just for show, and can apparently be used to accomplish productivity tasks.
On second look, Pocket mod is pretty darned cool. I challenge you to design and print one out and report back on whether it worked for you.
Vintage paper dolls and toys
Any bored kids in the house? Or do you just like to look at vintage paper toys? As for me, yes and yes, and so I plan to hit a few of these stops in the coming weeks:
The Toymaker. Wonderful vintage-inspired designs. Marilyn Scott-Waters also has a book, if you want to save your printer from a workout.
Hazelruth's is a delightful vintage sewing/crafts web site all around, with a specific post devoted to paper dolls.
Squidoo has a whole "lens" on the general topic of paper toys, or, if you just like to gander at vintage paper dolls, there's always Flickr.