Granddaughter's New Toy

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Project by Picken5 posted 08-17-2020 07:51 PM 669 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I borrowed this idea for a Montessori type toy from another Lumberjock (Tessa's Toy) — thanks, Spencer. My Granddaughter loves it and has spent many an hour putting balls in the top hole and watching them come out the bottom. Sometimes she leans over to look closely into the top hole — I’m guessing to make sure it’s not down there anymore. It’s very cute to watch.

It was a couple of months ago that I built this from 1/2” baltic birch plywood. There’s slightly sloped (about 5-degrees) bottom inside the box to allow a ball to roll out. The top and front are painted with yellow and red enamel and the entire thing is sealed with satin polyurethane. The plastic balls were salvaged from another toy that she out grew.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 08-17-2020 09:14 PM

Neat— Nice idea and work.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-21-2020 05:41 PM

Nice work! I made a similar one myself recently for my daughter. I saw that a lot of these wooden Montessori learning toys are quite basic yet quite expensive to buy and realized I can make them pretty much exclusively from scrap plywood in my garage. My daughter also loves dropping the balls in, and sometimes pitching them across the room!

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#3 posted 11-24-2020 04:45 AM

What a great simple toy full of hours of fun without batteries or screens! Top marks sir…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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