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Homemade Wood Toys

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Homemade wood toys are not only cheap and relatively easy to make, they also make great gifts that are so much more personal and thoughtful than buying something from the toy store. Homemade wood toys tend to be for young, developing children because of the simple design.

A popular design is a doll cradle. Toddlers love putting their stuffed animals and dolls to bed and a doll cradle is really simple to make. You don't need advanced carpentry skills. All you need are five pieces of wood that you can actually get cut to shape in a lumberyard. Then, all you need to do is screw the pieces together and sand it down. Sanding and cleaning of the wood is very important. Children climb all over homemade wood toys and teething babies love to sink their teeth into anything. So you need to be sure that the homemade wood toys are smooth, have no protruding nails and if you treat the wood, make sure you are using child-friendly oils.

More complex homemade wood toys are 3D puzzles. To make these toys you need the right tools. You will need power tool such as a jigsaw to be able to cut the angles and curves. Once you have the right tools, you can really create any pattern or design you want. 3D puzzles are great learning toys for young children to develop problem solving and cognitive skills.

An important thing to remember when you build homemade wood toys: if they are for children under three, avoid pieces that are smaller than 2" in any direction. Also if you paint or finish the wood, make sure you are using non-toxic paints and child-friendly oils.