How to build wooden toys for kids

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How to build wooden toys for kids
Make your own wooden kids' toys. (Getty Creative)

Building wooden toys for your kids can give them hours of enjoyment and be passed down for many generations. You also have the freedom to personalise the toys or even make a family project out of building them. You can allow your kids to choose what styles, shapes and colours they prefer. Wooden building blocks and memory tiles allow you to create a simple toy for your kids even if you are a woodworking novice.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Shape stencil
  • Untreated scrap wood, 13 mm (1/2 inch) and 5 cm (2 inches) thick
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective eye wear
  • Hand saw
  • Electric sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Paint

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Instructions

    Building blocks

  1. 1

    Trace the stencil shapes you will be using onto the 10-cm (2-inch) thick scrap wood.

  2. 2

    Put your protective gloves and eye wear on. Cut each shape from the scrap wood using the hand saw.

  3. 3

    Smooth and round out all edges of your blocks using the electric sander. Use the sandpaper to give it a smooth finish.

  4. 4

    Paint your blocks various colours and allow them to dry.

    Memory tiles

  1. 1

    Trace 20 equal sized squares from your stencil onto the 13-mm (1/2-inch) thick scrap wood.

  2. 2

    Put your protective gloves and eye wear on. Cut the squares using your hand saw.

  3. 3

    Smooth and round out all edges of your blocks using the electric sander. Use the sandpaper to give it a smooth finish.

  4. 4

    Draw 10 pair of various shapes and animals onto the squares.

  5. 5

    Paint the squares various colours and allow them to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your blocks and tiles 10 cm (4 inches) or larger as pieces 7.5 cm (3 inches) and smaller pose a choking hazard.
  • Use child safe paints.
  • Monitor your children at all times when working with sharp and electrical objects.

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