Natural Wooden Toys
75 easy-to-make and kid-safe designs to inspire imaginations & creative play
by Erin Freuchtel-Dearing

200 x 205mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA


ISBN 978-1-56523-873-2

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Extract from back cover of book:

Create safe toys from natural materials

Making safe, colorful, and irresistible imagination-building wooden toys for your kids is child's play with this book in hand. Author Erin Freuchtel-Dearing, a stay-at-home mom who taught herself how to make toys without any prior woodworking experience, will show step by step how YOU can make cute and creative wooden toys for your child using just a few simple tools. In fact, these toys are so easy to make that your children can help to create and decorate them.

Explore more than 75 simple and charming designs in Fairytale, Forest, Farm, Ocean, and City themes:
- Vehicles, including a sleek airplane with a propeller that spins and a choo-choo train with an engine and two cars
- 15 parent and baby animal pairs, including spiky hedgehogs, spotted cows, and spunky squirrels
- Three-part stacker toys to set up and knock down, in great shapes like volcanos and ocean waves

These open-ended, nature-embracing toys fit right into the Waldorf school's philosophy of encouraging imagination and a love of the natural world find more information about the dynamic Waldorf method inside. Instructions on creating natural and nontoxic colorful finishes from berries, spices, and leaves are also included so you can create a completely natural and safe toy for your child. These captivating wooden toys will encourage creativity by helping children set a scene with a backdrop, characters and accessories the rest is up to them!

What makes these natural toys so safe? The wooden toy designs found in these pages are safe for your kids. They are made from natural materials, which children can play with and chew on without harm. There are no harmful toxins bisphenol A, PVC phthalates, cadmium, lead present in wood, as there may be in plastic. Additionally, read inside about several safe ways to add color to the toys. Nontoxic paints are easy to find, colorful, and simple to apply. Better yet, stains made from spices, fruits, and vegetables offer vibrant natural finishes. Top off either with homemade beeswax polish to keep the color fresh and the wood in good condition, while still avoiding dangerous chemical-laden finishes. Creating your own toys is an ideal way to ensure that you know exactly what your children are playing with.

About the Author - Erin Freuchtel-Dearing is a stay-at-home mom with two young children. Concerns about the safety of her children's toys, as well as the low level of play and imagination many toys promote, led her to purchase a scroll saw and learn to make wooden toys from scratch. Her previous experience with a sewing machine made the transition to the scroll saw effortless. She began selling her creative, colorful, and child-safe toys on As Erin put it, "I am evidence that your typical mom with very little familiarity with power tools can learn to make simple, safe, creative, open-ended wooden toys for their children."

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial and Metric



Part One: Getting started
1: The Basic Steps
2: Wood Selection
3: Tools

Part Two: Kid-safe Finishes
1: Paint
2: Natural Dyes
3: Natural Polish and Care

Part Three: Toys
1: Fairytale
2: Forest
3: Farm
4: Ocean
5: City