Thursday, March 18, 2010

How-to: Wooden Play Car (Guest Post from Daddy!)

We're still alive!  I have been taking a much needed blogging break as I focus on spring cleaning (and,  I also discovered  But today we have a very special Guest Post, from none other than the Infant Bibliophile's Daddy!

After Christmas time, we had acquired quite a surplus of empty cardboard boxes.  It doesn't take very much imagination to see that an adequately sized cardboard box is quite a lot like a small car (particularly if you are two years old), and so very rapidly, and with some assistance from his parents, the Bibliophile acquired his own vehicle.  [We blogged about it here.]

This first attempt certainly provided entertainment, but the obvious drawback of cardboard cars is that they are not very durable.  By the time a door and steering wheel had been added to his, the maintenance schedule of the cardboard version was unfortunately a very accurate imitation of that of a real car.

So, soon into the new year, I decided to make a car out of wood: a yellow one, of course (the Bibliophile's favourite colour).  I put together a quick mock-up in Blender, planning to buy the yellow version of this steering wheel to go in it.

By the end of January, with a bit of mess left in the garage and somewhat more money than I had plan to spend gone, here was our result:

It doesn't look exactly like the design, for a few reasons (wood of different dimensions turned out to be on sale at the hardware shop, I found an old plastic steering wheel on an electronic toy we already
had, and I realised that supporting the back of the seat should work better with wood under compression instead of nails under tension).  And I still haven't gotten around to fitting headlights or other dashboard controls.  But it does keep the litte man occupied occasionally, and it certainly kept his father out of trouble while it was being put together!

Related book suggestions:

Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! (MathStart 1) 

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Giant Little Golden Book) 

Cars & Trucks (Scholastic First Discovery) 

Red Light, Green Light 

Beep Beep
You can see all of our reviews of children's books about transportation here.

Question: What are your favorite homemade toys?

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Christy said...

Wow, that is very cool! I don't think my husband is that talented...or patient!

Welcome back to blogland! I have missed you.

Lisa said...

Very nice! Your son is adorable, as always.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I was wondering what happened to you! It's good to know that everything is fine, and this car is very cool. My husband loves to build elaborate Lego creations for Anna - we have huge collection of Lego blocks at home that he brought over from Germany. The best part is that it can be repurposed into something else once Anna is tired of it. We had boats, planes, castles, merry-go-rounds and bridges among many others :)

MaryAnne said...

What a cool car! And I'm impressed your husband can make something like that!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

When I was a kid, someone I was friends with had a handmade wooden car just like this one. It would keep all of us occupied for hours! Looks great! And I'm sure the bibliophile must be loving it too! :-)

Playing by the book said...

What a great project! Glad to hear everything is ok - hope you're really enjoying spring cleaning!

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Shelley said...

What a good idea! The era of homemade toys is my favorite time.

sippy cup mom said...

Yeah for Dad, that is really cute! Karen
Sippy Cup Central Mom