Friday, August 3, 2018

Simple Puzzles for Toddlers - Part 2

I'm making these from a premium pine board purchased from Home Depot. This is not the construction grade lumber. It's what Home Depot call appearance boards. It's clear S4S with no knots. Not the cheap stuff. I'm using it because this is what I had on hand that was the right size. I cut the board into 3-1/2 inch squares for 21 puzzles. Enough five sets of four with one extra.

I put blue painters tape on each square. I do this to make removing the patterns easy. The blue tape will peel off without leaving any residue. I have tried gluing the patterns directly on to the wood, but it just makes a mess that I have to clean up with mineral spirits.

The patterns are applied to the tape after spraying the back with 3M 77 spray adhesive and rolled with a rubber roller.

Entrance holes for the scroll saw blade and the eyes are then drilled. I like to drill the entrance hole at a point where three or more lines come together to help hide the hole.

Handmade Wooden ToyPuzzle Ready for the Scroll Saw
Handmade Wooden ToyPuzzle Ready for the Scroll Saw




Thursday, August 2, 2018

Simple Puzzles For Toddlers - Part 1

When my grandson asked me to make these puzzles. I wasn't sure he would like them. He is able to assemble larger more complicated puzzles large puzzles with more parts. I was wrong he likes these puzzles a lot, but not as much as the dinosaur puzzles I made for him

Handmade Wooden Toy Butterfly Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
Handmade Wooden Toy Butterfly Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
These are ideal for toddlers three years and older. These puzzles are much easier for small children to assemble than the typical stand-up puzzle you see everywhere. The trays make them easy to store, help the little ones and mom to carry them and keep track of the pieces.

Handmade Wooden Toy Rooster Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
Handmade Wooden Toy Rooster Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
They are not designed to stand alone, but if you are careful you can do it. My grandson does this.




Handmade Wooden Toy Black Cat Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
Handmade Wooden Toy Black Cat Tray Puzzle For Toddlers



Handmade Wooden Toy White Rabbit/Bunny Tray Puzzle For Toddlers
Handmade Wooden Toy White Rabbit/Bunny Tray Puzzle For Toddlers