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Girl Toys

by pollock
posted 10-30-2010 06:08 PM


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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.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Quixote

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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

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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Jamie Speirs

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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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rivergirl

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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.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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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

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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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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MrsN

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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

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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BarbS

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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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#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”.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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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.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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

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

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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pollock

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

Thank you very much Jim

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma

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pollock

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

Thank you very much Jim

-- Dean,Tulsa,Oklahoma

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#16 posted 11-03-2010 03:00 AM

All nice suggestions….I was going to recommend doll houses (one is a store front…with bins and display cases)...doll stands and clothes closets….easy to make…boxes with minor additions….I have several plans around if you need/want some.

Those of course are somewhat stereotypical….there are girls that enjoy trucks…etc…and a good idea is to include all kinds when doing them for charity…my last wood group even made dolls to include in boys boxes.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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wannadoitall

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#17 posted 11-03-2010 10:39 PM

Yes, I’d have to say – with two young girls of my own – that they mostly enjoy playing with the same things boys would like – the “girl toys” seem a bit boring to both girls and boys! Seems that all girls are ever allowed to play is at cooking, cleaning, and taking care of babies! As a woman who does all those things myself everyday, I have no problem with it per se, but just that I wish little girls were given more options in playtime than the homemaker/stay at home mom choices. Just as I think boys should not have tools and trucks pushed on them by default either. Each child has their own interests, arts, hobbies, etc. that don’t really get tapped into – for example, kids of both sexes LOVE gardening, digging, and such (how about wooden play shovels, buckets, etc), and young ones really take to keys and blocks and stacking nests, etc (all could be made out of wood), and I love the idea of puzzles, crayon holders and such that MrsN mentioned.

Sorry to take advantage of this thread to rant about my own pet peeves in gender stereotypes, :) its just that as a woodworking, fishing, automotive and sports fan, I really hated getting babydolls and tea sets when I was a young girl (although I still ended up as a homemaker and stay at home mom anyway)! LOL

I say build a fun toy that utilizes a child’s (of any gender) imagination, something unique that hasn’t been done a million times, and you’ll have a winner! Good luck and I’d love to see the finished project!

How about carved zoo animals?

Anyhow, that’s my say…..

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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#18 posted 11-03-2010 10:46 PM

Very well put Wannadoitall. I have often thought the same thing.
MrsN

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#19 posted 11-03-2010 10:46 PM

Puzzles are a good idea I agree. Here are some I make.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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Elizabeth

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#20 posted 11-03-2010 11:41 PM

I loved playing with a wooden puzzle of the US when I was younger. It was 50 state-shaped pieces which all fit into a recess on a backing board. Somewhere over the years I lost it but I’m hoping to make my own someday.

Since all the pieces were thin it’d be easy to stack a bunch of pieces of wood and make multiple sets at once.

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wannadoitall

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#21 posted 11-04-2010 07:39 AM

Ooh, I know!

What about a shape sorter?

That would be an awesome project, and really great for intellectual development. Obviously better for younger children (like baby/toddler range), but those are often the age ranges that go without in needy families that you are thinking of providing for. Older children have school to help them develop and learn. A good shape sorter and wooden nesting blocks could make a world of difference to them developmentally. Something like this:

http://www.geniusbabies.com/wooden-shape-sorter.html

Can you tell I’m the mother of a two year old and one year old? ;)

-- -Angela, "Christos Anesti!"

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Jamie Speirs

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#22 posted 01-27-2011 01:34 AM

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-- 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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RiverWood

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#23 posted 01-27-2011 02:19 AM

according to my granddaughter there is nothing better than a lock box. Why not make a hope chest?

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#24 posted 02-21-2011 05:32 PM

I made my granddaughters hand mirrors for Christmas this year. The plans came from an old WoodSmith magazine. I took them to a local glass company to have the mirrors put in. It seems to me that they cost about $2.00 or less for each mirror.

They really liked them.

Cliff

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