Grandson's First Christmas Gift

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Project by sras posted 03-21-2018 02:56 AM 1139 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The grandson is nearly 2 years older than the granddaughter. I’m just late in posting this :) This was a gift for Christmas of 2016.

This is based on the Ladybug Counting Blocks Puzzle Pattern from Sheila Landry Designs with a few modifications.

Most obvious is the addition of the “Bug House”. As I was building the bugs I felt a storage box was going to be necessary. After pondering box ideas for a few days, I came up with the bug house. The door slides up to show off each bug in their “room”.

I chose to dye the bugs red & black. I also chose to shape the wings and head a little.

The plans were easy to follow and instructions were clear.

The parents were more impressed than the grandson. A little advanced for a 1 year old. Now he enjoys playing with it. Between 2 birthday gifts and 2 Christmas gifts a year I’m getting plenty of toy building time!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 03-21-2018 01:27 PM

Those are really cute, Steve!

The dye really makes the colors intense.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 01:32 PM

Thanks Lew! I had to apply several coats of dye to get the red where I wanted it.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-21-2018 02:33 PM

Great toy for the little ones Steve, colorful and educational too with the dots.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-21-2018 02:53 PM

Thanks Mike – when I saw Sheila’s design I knew it would be a good toy.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 09:34 PM

Now that is a cool idea! I just love it! :) That is the best part of others working with my patterns – seeing them expand on my ideas. I love collaborations! Two (or more) heads are definitely better than one! Thanks so much, Steve. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 10:45 PM

Thanks Sheila! It was a fun build.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 11:36 PM

Well done Steve, I am sure this was a hit that Christmas!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 03-22-2018 12:20 AM

Thanks Hans!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-22-2018 10:04 AM

Steve, Grandpa projects are the best. I really enjoyed seeing this. It is a great way to learn to count and have fun at the same time. Thanks for sharing. You might get some future ideas from looking at this for storage and this for organizing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 03-22-2018 02:10 PM

Thanks Al, I always enjoy seeing your work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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