Saturday, December 24, 2011

Handmade Toys for Boys -- wooden cars

This project is actually courtesy of my husband. He's not a particularly crafty fellow, but he does like tools, and my boys do, too. These handmade cars are a bit rustic, to say the least, but my kids love helping Daddy make them, and they take great pride in painting them just how they want them.

The cars are pretty much exactly what you'd guess from the photo...scraps of lumber from a box in the garage, with pieces of plywood drilled and screwed on to make wheels. The hole in the centre of each wheel is larger than the screw, so the wheel turns freely. Hubby has carved a couple of them to look more car-like, but for the most part, they're just rectangles.

I love that even now, when we are surrounded by the manic commercialism of Christmas and the pending arrival of Santa, my boys love these simple toys. Yes, the cars could be more refined, or painted more carefully, but the kids feel so empowered when they make these that I wouldn't have them any other way. And as a bonus for Mama, the boys will sometimes play cars nicely together for up to an hour at a time!

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Yeah a handmade gift under the tree! I think it is so great that your husband made these with the boys help. They are precious and will be keepsakes as well. You could even carve the year under the body in the future, or as a licence plate:)

    Merry Christmas Bloggy Friend! I look forward to reading your blog and following your projects in the coming year.

  2. adorable! your boys will remember these home made toys for a lifetime so hang on to them thru the years. thanks for posting this!

  3. Your sons will enjoy & cherish the hand carved cars for years to come. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  4. my boys always loved their wooden cars

  5. Wow obviously you have a good craftsmanship, this wooden toys are highly appreciated at least your boys enjoy and proud having this from you. but we can try also best developmental toys for 2 year olds for our kids we don need to make an extra effort to make them happy.

  6. Kids toys are one of the things that kids want to enjoy with. They are their main source of pleasure and the parents are fully happy to buy kids toys for them. Toys for 2 Year Old Boys