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Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations


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ISBN13: 9781590309124
ISBN10: 159030912x
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Delight young children and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book are meant to encourage open-ended play. Organized by kid-loving subjects, the toys here follow the themes of Zoo; House; Blocks, Cars & Trucks; Dress-Up; Music; and Art. Overall, the projects here are meant to stimulate imagination, build confidence through success and enjoyment, and enhance the bond between family and friends through the creation of unique, artistic handmade toys and crafts. 

The thirty-five projects in this book include a variety of crafts, from drawing to sewing and light woodworking. The toys presented here are made out of wonderfully tactile materials—repurposed fabrics, wood, and paper—and invite opportunities for creative and imaginative play. Every project is easy to complete, made with accessible materials, and requires little time to make. The projects are simple enough that endless variation can come from the making of each, leaving enough room for you to make the item to suit your own personal interests.

With a design aesthetic that is clean, simple, and modern, each project is presented with full-color photos and hand-drawn instructional illustrations and templates. Projects include:

   • Modern Doll House and Doll House Furniture

   • Portable Zoo Animals

   • Abstract Vertical Puzzle

   • Wooden Nature Scene

   • Bottle-Cap Tambourine

   • Exploration Cape

   • Modern Alphabet Game

   • Shadow Puppet Theater

   • And more!

About the Author

Joel Henriques is fascinated by color, shape, and craftsmanship. He was drawn to painting as a child, inspired by his grandmother, a painter herself. She spent hours showing Joel the paintings of Matisse, Picasso, Miró, and many others. Through these and her own paintings, she taught him ideas about color and design and eventually coached him on his earliest paintings. These childhood experiences lead him to pursue a B.A. in Fine Art and Philosophy. Becoming a parent was, for Joel, another way of looking at art in the world. As a young child himself, he made many of his own toys. As a father, he began making toys for his young twins. He began to see that a beautiful, minimal, well-crafted object allowed his children to use and develop their own imaginations, rather than having an object tell them how they must play with it. Moved by his children's interaction with art, Joel began documenting these crafts on his blog, Made By Joel. Creating art for children, and for the child in everyone, is a powerful thing. Joel lives with his wife and three-year-old twins in Portland, Oregon. See more of his crafts at, and see more of his art at

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OutdoorLife, June 4, 2014 (view all comments by OutdoorLife)
We need more creative activities for kids to explore in their free time. Imagination is the most powerful tool for success. Thanks Joel for the fun projects that kids can enjoy with or without parents and for the awesome fun stuff we found on-line that shows your creativity. Keep it up.
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Henriques, Joel
Roost Books
Crafts-Toy Making
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8.98 x 7.53 x 0.43 in 1.1 lb

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