Natural Wooden Toys by Erin Freuchtel-Dearing

This is a pretty comprehensive book for creating lovely wooden toys for children, many based on the Wardolf Education school of thought, and perfect for encouraging the all-important imaginative play.

The main tools you’ll need are a jigsaw/coping saw, paintbrush, and hammer. Then just add wood, paint, nails, and you’re away.  The instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and also explain the educational benefits for the toy your making. Advice is offered on choosing wood and paints/dyes, as well as how to actually use the tools. Making it a fantastic book for anyone, even if you have no idea about which end of the hammer hits the nail.

Of course, I didn’t actually make a single one of these toys, but I have guilt over this, which I think contributes towards the process. This is my own failing, rather than a lack of inspiration from the book.

If you’ve got crafty parents in your life, this book will make a beautiful gift (that first birthday gift you’ve been wondering over? This book would be perfect). Well worth having on your shelf.

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