In between end of year madness I’ve had a chance to put together a few wooden gift ideas…
MORE WOODEN TOY LOVE
In and amongst school and toy orders I’ve had some time to come up with new packaging and make a few new wooden toys…
Just love packing up a special gift and sending it to its new home!
SCROLL SAW FUN!
A few pics of my scroll saw creations!
Above are some teethers for little ones…
Some medium play sets…
Some larger play sets…
Some stackers and fences…
And some playful foxes for the playroom!
At the beginning of our school holiday I was super excited to have some time to search for new wooden toys and resources for our school. Nothing was going to stop me finding the perfect wooden animals, caves and scenes for us to use in play provocations and small worlds this coming term! After spending the first few days searching for local suppliers and following up on all sorts of leads I realised I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for. There are so many beautiful wooden toys out there
drooollll but it seems I’d have to import them and this just isn’t a practical solution for me. I am passionate about beautiful wooden toys that are natural and sustainable. The natural wood textures stimulate our littlies senses inviting them to touch, feel and explore. Besides their durability and safety, wooden toys are ideal for encouraging creative and imaginative play. The only solution was to make them myself! I’m incredibly fortunate that my neighbour and his brother own and operate a sawmill that I could source not only local but sustainable wood for my toys. I found a second hand scroll saw online a little workshop corner at home and started playing around!
Ive had so much fun and want to recommend that if I can do this you can do it too!! The end product takes time and muscle to sand and finish properly and safely but totally do able and such fun!
More on these projects to follow!
We had a few days at the end of a term last year when I decided to surprise the children with some frozen fun! It’s not the type of theme or provocation we’d normally have out – but it was the end of term and just suited the general holiday anticipation in the air!
Instead of buying the figurines I found some good frozen pictures I printed and laminated – it actually worked out perfectly as each child could have their own set of each character. I would have never afforded to buy them each a set of actual figurines!
Items I used: white sheet; white tissue paper; white doilies; foil; glass pebbles; wood discs; wood branches; christmas tree branches; shells; christmas baubles; pinecones; tinsel; wooden tree; wooden cave; cotton wool balls; recycled plastic; penguins; bear; laminated characters
Basically I threw together a lot of white, silver, blue and loose parts of different textures and the children had an absolute ball…They re-arranged and built their own frozen landscape together for ages. Interacting with the different creatures and characters – organising the various bits and pieces.