Two-dimensional wooden camel toy.
image by Photo courtesy of Stock.Xchng
The next time you are contemplating buying your toddler expensive store-bought toys, think about what you can make yourself in the comfort of your own home for your child's enjoyment. Creating two-dimensional custom playthings out of wood for your small child is inexpensive and simple. Also, hand-crafted items from a parent to a child create a more personal, meaningful toy that your son or daughter will want to pass down to their own children.
Making the Shape
Draw the outline of your toy onto paper. This could be an animal, a shape, letters or numbers.
Cut out the object with scissors. This template can be used again and again.
Place the template flat onto the plywood and trace around it with the pencil.
Cut along the penciled line using the scroll saw. For softer wood like pine, you can also use a coping saw. It's all right if you go outside the lines; you can always erase them later.
Use the medium sandpaper to round and smooth all of the sharp edges on your toy. Feel free to use a rotary sander instead.
Give the wood an extra finish by using the fine sandpaper on the entire toy. This will give the toy a very smooth look and feel.
Paint the toy with the non-toxic acrylic paint color of your choice. Keep in mind that the label on the acrylic paint must have an "AP Non-Toxic" seal.