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50 Toys to make is an older book I pulled off my shelf the other day. I’m still flirting with the idea of teaching a class for older children to make gifts for younger ones in their families. Or even items that maybe I can make and sell as gifts. I dunno, mostly for a class idea though. 🙂
Anyways, it’s a good book filled with techniques and step by step instructions to help you (or a child) be successful. Starting off with a page talking the different materials you’ll be using, with helpful hints. For instance I learned when working with Balsa wood it’s a good idea to wear a mask since it produces a fine dust it’s best not to be breathing in. There were also equipment and technique pages as well. These pages came with text and full colour images to help you see what is being discussed.
One of the things I really liked was the inclusion of templates printed on graph paper. This makes it cost-effective to include in a book as well as making it easy to expand them as needed to make the project.
The crafts are divided into four sections to make it easier to find what you are looking for:
- The Nursery
- Early Learning
- Dolls, puppets and soft toys
- Games and Outdoor fun
Each project comes with a materials list as well as step by step instructions to easily complete the project.
Some of the projects are making a flower power cushion, a jack in the box, Activity blanket, sunny flower blackboard, rag doll, and character Skittles. So many projects… so little time! All kinds of ways to make like fun and interesting for children.
I like this book. 🙂 If I didn’t it wouldn’t still be on my shelf after my massive cull in the spring! I love the step by step instructions which make it easy, even for me to complete the projects. The variety in the 50 projects presented keeps me interested, I never thought of making a game out of old pop bottles before. Did you?
50 Toys to Make: Fun & Practical projects to make for babies and children.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Toys, DIY, crafts