2018-08-04

Simple Puzzles for Toddlers - Part 3

When making tray puzzles, I like to make the tray backs from tempered hardboard. It's flat cheap and sturdy enough to do the job. This is the last I have been able to find locally that is smooth on both sides so I may be looking for another material for my puzzle tray backs.

I always cut the backs for my puzzle trays a little larger than the puzzle and then later trim and them to size. This makes it much easier the glue up.

I cut this batch on my scroll saw. I didn't have a factory edge to run against the bandsaw or table saw fence and since they were oversized intentionally, there was not any reason to have a perfect edge.

Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Tray Backs Made From Tempered Hardboard
Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Tray Backs Made From Tempered Hardboard

See the completed puzzles at the links below:

Toddlers Puzzle, Rooster, Chicken
Toddlers Puzzle, Butterfly, Very Easy Assembly
Toddlers Puzzle, Bunny Rabbit
Toddlers Cat Puzzle

2018-08-03

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




2018-08-02

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