I made a "car" ramp toy that was an immediate hit with several
different ages. Car was piece of 4/4 with wheels cut with hole saw
and axles were 1/4" pegs. Stood agout 16" tall and 12" long with 3"
wide ramps with bevels on sides to keep cars on track. Drop the car
on top and it rolled down and dropped to next ramp and repeated for
the 4 ramps. Really effective self involved entertainment.
On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 15:18:05 GMT, Patrick Fitzgerald
Since my skills are still pretty immature, a uncle made a Riding Horse (with
4 springs; not rockers) on a wide, sturdy base for ours.
Amazing how much they love it! The oldest boy (3) still loves it after 2
years. The middle boy likes to push it up and down. And our baby girl loves
to scare the poop out'a us by riding it hard, standing up, with only one
Our woodworking club makes lots of children's toys for donation. A heart
shaped jewelry box with the cavity drilled out with a fostner bit and the the
lid swiveled on a 1/4" dowel might be approptiate.
I manufacture eggrollers for sale which fasinate 1-2 yo's as the egg flip flops
back and forth.
Whatever you make be certain non of the parts will fit inside a toilet paper
tube to prevent swallowing and choking hazards, and sharp points and splinters
are also undesireable.
BTW, if you use a scrollsaw, I convert photographs into patterns for a nominal
price. These make wondeful keepsake gifts for relatives.
that's the kind of gift you give to other peoples kids <g>
nice work, I might make one for my daughter
OT: My daughter, 6 years old, only wanted about 3 things for Christmas, but
one of those things was a drum set. I had to explain that Santa does not
bring drum sets because they are too bulky in the sleigh. She didn't
believe it until Christmas morning... I should've just bought the damn drum
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