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right now I'm working on our own playstands. I've also made some little wooden animals with a scroll saw.
The other day we made our own water color paints, I got this idea from the free waldorf preschool curriculum where they have many toys kids can help make in the spring curriculum.
To make the paints save tops from water or soda bottles, I didnt have enough so I used jar lids and I like the bigger paint size better anyway.
Mix 2 tbsps of baking soda with 2 tbsp of vinegar. After it fizzes, add 2 tbsps. of cornstarch and one teaspoon of light corn syrup. Drop in a few drops of food coloring to each paint and mix.
Let them dry a few days to a week. You can also glue the caps to a cut out piece of cardboard.
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The other day we made our own water color paints, I got this idea from the free waldorf preschool curriculum where they have many toys kids can help make in the spring curriculum.
To make the paints save tops from water or soda bottles, I didnt have enough so I used jar lids and I like the bigger paint size better anyway.
Mix 2 tbsps of baking soda with 2 tbsp of vinegar. After it fizzes, add 2 tbsps. of cornstarch and one teaspoon of light corn syrup. Drop in a few drops of food coloring to each paint and mix.
Let them dry a few days to a week. You can also glue the caps to a cut out piece of cardboard.
this is so cool! thanks
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KIMBERLY your fantastic!! thankyou for sharing your patterns
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I make my daughter all kinds of wooden toys. She is at the age where she loves to put balls in holes and similar activites. This makes things really easy on me
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I've made a bunch of sock monkeys using regular socks and this pattern:

http://lennytaylor.freeyellow.com/Monkey.htm

It was really fun!
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Okay, this really isnt a toy, but another idea I read somewhere while reading waldorf schooling stuff;
Take a log and put some nails in and let your child hammer them in. My four year old boy will actually sit still and do this, and he is getting better aim all the time. I would recommend this for over 4 or 5, and definately watch them. We keep it on our front porch and add a couple nails whenever he asks.
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this is so cool! thanks
Ok, we've been using our paints and the colors are very faint, so I'm gonna try making a batch with alot more drops of food coloring.

But for now, my almost 2 year old enjoys using them.
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Okay, this really isnt a toy, but another idea I read somewhere while reading waldorf schooling stuff;
Take a log and put some nails in and let your child hammer them in. My four year old boy will actually sit still and do this, and he is getting better aim all the time. I would recommend this for over 4 or 5, and definately watch them. We keep it on our front porch and add a couple nails whenever he asks.
My dad made something similar for my boys, only for screwdriver skills rather than hammering. He took a block of maple, drilled holes in it, and installed those steel screw-sleeve thingies - they keep the hole from stripping out when you screw a screw in and out repeatedly. Then he put 4 different screws in the block - standard, Phillips head, hex bolt, and hex socket (that you use an allen wrench to move).
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Okay, this really isnt a toy, but another idea I read somewhere while reading waldorf schooling stuff;
Take a log and put some nails in and let your child hammer them in. My four year old boy will actually sit still and do this, and he is getting better aim all the time. I would recommend this for over 4 or 5, and definately watch them. We keep it on our front porch and add a couple nails whenever he asks.
Oh,what a good idea!I'm going to do that for my daughter.She's a little younger but she has this tiny little hammer and she always wants to help me in the work room.
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subbing to I can be inspired and get started. yesterday I made one felt piece of bread and two strawberries...I am going to try something else today

you are all amazing!
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subbing to I can be inspired and get started. yesterday I made one felt piece of bread and two strawberries...I am going to try something else today

you are all amazing!
For this do you just use regular cheap felt? Or is it just wool felt? I got a bag of felt scraps on freecycle to make stuff for the boys, and wasn't sure if that was the right stuff so it's just been sitting here.
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I found a website yesterday where someone made roll up chalk "boards" for on the go. VERY cool. I ordered the chalk fabric yesterday - can't wait to make some. They were made of chalk fabric, another fabric for the back, she used an iron on plastic to protect the non-chalk fabric, made loops for the chalk (I think I'll make a pocket though), bordered the whole thing in wide bias tape and used ribbon to tie it.

I'll see if I can find the site again. HERE - scroll down a little
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I think any felt or materials that you are comfortable with giving your child, are fine.


Does anyone have any instructions for making your own kite? Thanks.
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