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Forum topic by pollock posted 10-30-2010 06:08 PM 1873 views 1 time favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pollock

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10-30-2010 06:08 PM

Does anyone have plans or ideas on projects for toys for girls?
The Green Country Woodworkers make toys for kids to be given out at Christmas. We have about five different organizations that we make toys for including rehab at the hospitals an groups for underprivileged children.
We have plenty of cars, trucks, air planes, etc. We have made a doll cradles but we need to find something small so that they may take them home. All toys are unfinished leaving the kids to paint or decorate as they wish.
Previous years we have donated about 900 of these. As time is tough we feel the need is going to be greater this year.
Thank you in advance.

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma


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canadianchips

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 08:11 PM

My granddaughter helps me build in my workshop, hammers nails, plays with screw driver. (She is only 2) She loves playing with little cars and trucks. To her it is a toy. Some other ideas that are uni-sex toys are beads, balls, pull type toys.

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 08:17 PM

I’m finding that my 5 year old daughter is fascinated more by the time she gets to spend with me in the workshop learning to use the tools. I don’t know how many scrap 2”x 4” s she has helped trim or cut just to participate while I’m in the shop.

So far, for my experience, a box of scrap material and a handsaw are the greatest hits.

Q

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 08:23 PM

French Knitting dolls are well received.

It is a simple piece of wood shaped like a person. It has a 10mm hole in the centre with four wire fence staples around the top.
This with a ball of wool makes a great creative gift.
Also as it is person shaped it can be easily painted.

I have one that I could take a photo of if you want?

Yours
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 08:24 PM

What about a 14” doll chair and table similar to the one I made and posted? Wouldn’t have to be rustic. :) And really, girls like trucks too. Paint it purple.

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 09:59 PM

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 10:05 PM

Girls love a kitchen stove, with pots pans etc.It would look great in wood,why even boys like these.Alistair

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pollock

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#7 posted 10-31-2010 12:50 AM

Thank you to all that answered. Must get busy. The toys must be small so I will try and scale them down.
Thank all of you again.
This is a very useful web site
Pollock

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma

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#8 posted 10-31-2010 01:24 AM

A few more ideas for you

Jewelry – you said the kids get to paint or decorate, something like a heart or star necklace a girl could paint her self could make her feel like a princess. You can also get hair clips that stuff can be glued to, again hearts and stars are good starting points. If you wanted to dress it up a bit, you can get costume crystals and glue them to a piece. If you have any turners to make wooden beads, a make your own jewelry kit would be really fun. Beads + String = Necklace.

Puzzles – a few options come to mind. a board puzzle with shapes or animals that kids could paint. A jigsaw puzzle from what ever photos you can find (old calendars or books may be a start for cheap images) You could have kids paint their own jig saw puzzle but putting together a plain plywood puzzle the first time could be tough so use a coloring book picture as the image. Another option would be stand up animal puzzles, bonus points if you tie a ribbon around its neck. some scroll saw puzzle patterns can be found at that link and many other places online, or create your own. Tangram are fun for kids, and can be used for some of the older ages who can be hard to get presents for.

Crayon holders – an animal or shape with holes drilled for crayons or markers. Trucks also make good crayon holders but not so much for girls.

Don’t under estimate a girls need for cars and trucks, or things like that. Also, animals with wheels are pretty well received, think duck car.

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Chiefk

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 04:08 PM

I made a child’s table and two chairs for my niece. She uses it all the time. Since then I have made five or six other sets for kids in the family. They are fairly easy to build and get a lot of use. I painted them with multiple colors of kid safe paints. pkennedy

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 04:15 PM

I vote for puzzles, too. And airplanes. My grandaughter wanted to be a garbage man for about a year, thought it was cool. Don’t compartmentalize them too much. Depends on the age range, I guess. A magnifying glass kit or kaleidoscope kit would work, too.

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 08:01 PM

I make and sell toys for toddlers and I make small critters with wheels for the girls. Our club gives thousands away each year also. Rabbits, turtles, ducks and whales. Everyone likes boxes too. I make them square, round and heart shaped and other shapes too. Small 6”.

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#12 posted 11-01-2010 12:38 AM

Here are the photos of the critters I make. And the patterns. Have fun.

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#13 posted 11-01-2010 12:53 AM

Boxes about 6” across. Good for girls or boys.

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#14 posted 11-01-2010 02:47 AM

Thank you very much Jim

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma

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#15 posted 11-01-2010 02:47 AM

Thank you very much Jim

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma

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