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sunanthem's Avatar sunanthem 04:50 PM 07-03-2007
Here's a you tube tutorial for making a doll cradle out of an oatmeal container;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu0TSlfoPzo

sunanthem's Avatar sunanthem 05:00 PM 07-03-2007
Water slides aren't just for amusement parks. Make one in your own backyard for some slippery fun.
Instructions
Difficulty: Easy
Steps
1 Purchase a large roll of plastic, at least 4 feet wide and 12 feet long. Plastic tarps work as well.

2 Choose a sunny area for your water slide, on an incline or hill and within reach of a hose.

3 Unroll the plastic. Make sure no rocks or hard or sharp objects are sitting underneath it.

4 Rake away any grass or leaves around the water slide area, as these will stick to the participants once they are wet.

5 Spray the entire water slide with water and lay the hose at the top of the slide so that water continues to run down.

6 Dress all participants in bathing suits and water shoes and let them slide down one by one.

7 Have people slide sitting, lying on their backs, and head first.

8 Allow the plastic to dry in the sun before rolling it up and putting it away.
Flor's Avatar Flor 09:52 PM 07-03-2007
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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).
We bought one, but when my dad saw it, he said he could have made it.

http://www.montessoriservices.com/st...h=110_130_1679
MaShroom's Avatar MaShroom 02:22 AM 07-16-2007
Subbing cuz this is a great thread and must be kept alive!
I found some thin boards at a recycle shop and knew I must have them. Now I've figured out what to do with them! I'm covering them with cloth and sewing fasteners all over them. Strings to tie and braid, snaps, hook and eye, buttons, buckles, velcro, frog closure, and whatever else I can salvage off of clothing I use for recons.
Let's not forget Sculpey people! A multitude of little playthings can be made from this stuff. Dolls, doll heads (make the body from something else), miniature play food, things for dollhouses, jewelry... There is a polymer clay forum on craftster.org, there are many amazing ideas there. They also have a toys, dolls, and playthings forum that I lurve.
I don't know if anyone else mentioned it but playclothes are a popular item at our house. I remember once my mom gave my sister and I an enormous box of thrifted playclothes for Christmas. This was the early 80's and back when thrift stores were full of some kickin' finds. We were in hog heaven!! It would be a little harder to find silver lame thigh high chunky boots which were the favorite item but it's doable. Sometimes I find formal wear in little sizes that can be altered a bit for princess dresses and such. Keep an eye out for square dance petticoats, those rock! And boys do love cool capes. Nice fabric from ratty formal wear can be hacked up to make king, knight, superhero costumes.
So there's my 2 cents.
CatsCradle's Avatar CatsCradle 03:47 PM 07-16-2007
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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
Alaska: may I ask where you ordered the "chalk fabric"? I love this idea and want to get a bunch made for the holidays for the nieces and nephews as well!
mehndi mama's Avatar mehndi mama 03:57 PM 07-16-2007
I'm pretty sure www.homesew.com has it.
mehndi mama's Avatar mehndi mama 04:01 PM 07-16-2007
alaska's Avatar alaska 04:46 PM 07-16-2007
that's exactly where I got it, mendhi mama - fabric.com

I've been monkeying around with the "pattern" for the last few days, I don't like the way the chalk is held on with the elastic, and there isn't any place for an eraser (or the microfiber cloths I got and cut down to use in place of...) I think I'm going to put a fabric border around the chalkboard fabric and put pockets that velcro closed on either side in the border.

I hope to have at least one done tonight.

I also made a tool belt/apron out of an old pair of carpenter-style jeans yesterday - I'll post a picture later today
masherrell's Avatar masherrell 07:27 PM 07-16-2007
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...3711_0_ALB.jpg

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...3711_0_ALB.jpg

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...l/100_0025.jpg

I made these two dolls for my DD and my niece. I died the playsilks for my DD and DS. This was part of last years Christmas. I made a doorway puppet theater also.
KJoslyn78's Avatar KJoslyn78 10:21 PM 07-16-2007
i've been looking up free and bought a couple of play food patterns.

For dd#2's birthday we got her a doll baby changing table and i made her wipes and CDs for her doll (which i would like to get replaced with a all cloth doll - ds keeps clobbering people with her hard plastic head!)

here's pics of the wipes and CDs i made:
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...picture181.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...ng/picture.jpg
cinnamama's Avatar cinnamama 08:58 AM 07-17-2007
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i've been looking up free and bought a couple of play food patterns.

For dd#2's birthday we got her a doll baby changing table and i made her wipes and CDs for her doll (which i would like to get replaced with a all cloth doll - ds keeps clobbering people with her hard plastic head!)

here's pics of the wipes and CDs i made:
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...picture181.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...ng/picture.jpg


SOOO sweet!
HerthElde's Avatar HerthElde 01:26 PM 07-17-2007
Subbing to get ideas! I'll find my idea file soon to add some as well.
Hannahsmummy's Avatar Hannahsmummy 08:14 PM 07-19-2007
What a great thread! Thanks so much for all the ideas, we are definitely going to make gifts for friends this Christmas.

I've really just started making toys for my daughter but so far she's got a muslin doll, a felt cat, lots of fairy wool people and I have just started a sock monkey.
Together we have made beanbags and a cardboard dollhouse.

Here's the felt cat, she's called 'Chat Rose'
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...m/chatrose.jpg
alaska's Avatar alaska 08:35 PM 07-19-2007
cute cat!
nonniecita's Avatar nonniecita 07:01 PM 07-26-2007
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love the kitty!!!! do you have directions?

Thanks!
Michelle
LaughingHyena's Avatar LaughingHyena 03:43 PM 07-27-2007
For the person asking for a kite pattern

http://www.people.ex.ac.uk/jastaple/....html#template
http://www.easykitesforkids.netfirms...d_air_sled.htm

I've made quite a few of this type using plastic bags (usually heavy duty bin liners) and garden canes. They fly well and survive most crashes! I haven;t tried making them from paper though.
Hannahsmummy's Avatar Hannahsmummy 07:28 AM 07-29-2007
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love the kitty!!!! do you have directions?

Thanks!
Michelle
Thanks!
I actually just winged it.

I cut the body from felt and needle felted on the face with merino wool roving. Then I cut the clothes-basically two rectangles, out of fabric, hemmed them and sewed them on to the front part of the body, just sweing around the edges. Then the front and back halves were sewn together leaving an opening to add stuffing. I used combed wool as I have a full fleece here.
Then I sewed the opening up and added the embelishments by hand.
mariag's Avatar mariag 03:23 PM 07-30-2007
felt food question:

for those of you that have tried this, how tight should I be pulling the fabric? I tried some strawberries and loved them put now they are pulling apart at the seam????

any tips?

thanks maria
KariM's Avatar KariM 05:47 PM 07-30-2007
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Originally Posted by mariag View Post
felt food question:

for those of you that have tried this, how tight should I be pulling the fabric? I tried some strawberries and loved them put now they are pulling apart at the seam????

any tips?

thanks maria
When I sew felt food that is going to be stuffed I leave it a bit looser to allow for some flexing. I found that the higher quality felt (thicker wool) holds up much better over the long run!

Another thing to watch for is how tightly are you filling them? Make sure to leave a bit of "give" as well.
sunanthem's Avatar sunanthem 06:07 PM 07-30-2007
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Originally Posted by LaughingHyena View Post
For the person asking for a kite pattern

http://www.people.ex.ac.uk/jastaple/....html#template
http://www.easykitesforkids.netfirms...d_air_sled.htm

I've made quite a few of this type using plastic bags (usually heavy duty bin liners) and garden canes. They fly well and survive most crashes! I haven;t tried making them from paper though.
Thanks!

Here is some new toys I've made

Felt teddy stuffed with rice;
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50.../Picture51.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50/sunanthem/bear.jpg

wool needle felted fairy
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50...Picture195.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a50...Picture196.jpg
sunanthem's Avatar sunanthem 06:14 PM 07-30-2007
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Originally Posted by Hannahsmummy View Post
What a great thread! Thanks so much for all the ideas, we are definitely going to make gifts for friends this Christmas.

I've really just started making toys for my daughter but so far she's got a muslin doll, a felt cat, lots of fairy wool people and I have just started a sock monkey.
Together we have made beanbags and a cardboard dollhouse.

Here's the felt cat, she's called 'Chat Rose'
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f3...m/chatrose.jpg
Hannahssmummy; I would love to see pics of your fairy wool people since thats what I'm making right now; would love to see how others make theirs.
utopia760's Avatar utopia760 06:19 PM 07-30-2007
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CallMeKelly's Avatar CallMeKelly 10:41 PM 07-30-2007
Crayon rolls, chalkboard take-alongs (as already mentioned... I didn't use any pattern for mine just tuck it together) http://dragynf1ye.blogspot.com/2007/...ake-along.html

Capes/costumes
http://dragynf1ye.blogspot.com/2007/...nute-cape.html

What kind of paints do thw wood toy people use?
msp's Avatar msp 12:59 PM 07-31-2007
great thread!

suscribing
mariag's Avatar mariag 07:09 PM 07-31-2007
KariM- thanks for the feedback, I didn't use high quality felt, and I may have overstuffed....I'll give it another go.

Maria
kaeleighsmama's Avatar kaeleighsmama 02:21 AM 08-06-2007
subbing! such wonderful wonderful ideas everyone has...:
Miss Information's Avatar Miss Information 07:20 PM 08-08-2007
If you do a google search, you can find a 1980 McCall's Holiday pattern 7274 for fabric fruits and vegetables as part of a Thanksgiving cornucopia. It has a pumpkin, peas in a pod, grapes, pear, apple, ear of corn, squash, pumpkin, and a beet (and maybe 1 or two other's I might be forgetting). I have made the pumpkin, ear of corn, and pear from it. You don't have to use felt for the food. in fact I use different textured/pattern fabrics and they've turned out well. I have to take some pix to post, but I've been having fun. I accidently stumbled across this pattern at a garage sale and paid 10cents for it. It was uncut (except for the apple).

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...vegetables.jpg


I designed my own hamburger and used a mix of fabrics - dark brown courderoy for the burger, thick cream colored wool felt for the insides of the bun, and a mustardy yellow almost terrycloth-like material for the outsides of the bun.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../hamburger.jpg

Basically, I've trolled the fabric stores remnant sections and gotten some crazy good finds for cheap.

And some of my most favorite things aren't traditional toys at all. I've made things like wonder bottles (may also be called discovery bottles) like the I-spy bottles with rice and small toys, also glitter, food coloring and water; corn syrup, food coloring, with and without sequins; food coloring and water and sequins; one with different colored buttons.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../playroom3.jpg

Also, I like to incorporate homemade montessori inspired sensory things. I have film canisters filled with different materials (salt, rice, beans, buttons, coins, small safety pins, etc) and did them in pairs to make a sound matching game.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...soundboxes.jpg

I have a box of about 16 different pairs of textured fabrics: fuzzy ones, furry ones, slick ones, rough ones, irridescent ones, crinkly ones - mylar wrapping paper). You can use them to teach texture words or use with a blindfold to have the dc pair them up.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../fabricbox.jpg
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...ricsquares.jpg

Then the natural stuff like shells and stones (both polished and unpolished) are big hits here.
mariag's Avatar mariag 12:39 AM 08-09-2007
kc mommmy, what a good idea...I think I will experiment with other fabrics and see what happens. Also I'll be on the lookout for that pattern.
Miss Information's Avatar Miss Information 06:51 PM 08-09-2007
I have some other ideas -

I have a craft book called Creating Cool Kids Stuff. I have yet to do any of the projects in it, but they have ideas for making puppets - with the animal pattern you can make a lion, zebra, a cat and a mouse. And there is a human pattern you can make a boy and a girl (with braids, even). And a doorway puppet theater. Frog shaped bean bags and lily pads to throw them onto; ladybug bean bags and a stepping stone floor mat for an indoor hopscotch game. A fishing game, a tee-pee and a bunch of other ideas (though some incorporate not environmentally friendly pvc). I bet you can use wood dowels instead.

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If you have a Joann's fabric store near you, they have an awesome idea to make a fabric tic-tac-toe game in their summer craft brochure for kids. It's made like a quilt - 3 squares by 3 squares, I'm guessing about 3 in x 3 in, then bound with two borders - the inner one is maybe an inch or so long, the actual binding is about 1/2". The playing pieces are basic flower shapes sewn
with embroidery floss.

This is the one I made...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../tictactoe.jpg

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Also, you can make tangram or pentomino puzzles really easily. Look up printable tangrams and printable pentominoes. You can make them out of cardstock, or cardboard, or even go a step further and make them out of wood. I'm planning on making the tangrams out of wood (eventually, they are just cut out of cardboard now), and the pentominoes on magnetic paper.
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Speaking of magnets, you can recycle the junk mail magnets by gluing pictures of things or people on them (even family members) and using them on a magnet board.

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If you like the Little Critters character, you can make a paper doll for him here:

http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/littlecritter/index.htm

You can make them on printable magnet sheets, or cardstock and laminate them with self-stick laminating sheets. Then I just used tape to stick them together, but I think I'm going to re-do them with magnetic paper.

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Check you craft store (especially Hobby Lobby), you may find child size wooden plates you can finish yourself. I'm in the process of getting rid of plastic toys in favor of more natural ones, and I don't want to spend a whole lot of money to do so. These ones I found were 99 cents a piece. Of course, wooden utensils from any store are fairly cheap, but I have yet to find a really inexpensive option for wooden children's flatware. I think I want to use a simple beeswax polish on them to protect the wood.

Now, if I can just finish all the ideas I have....
sarasprings's Avatar sarasprings 05:00 PM 08-11-2007
We're making my 5yo son a canvas map of our town, like the one a pp had a pic of. I'm not sure about my little one who will be almost two. We may regift some bark blocks we made for DS1.
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