I was inspired by http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/index.html
, some posters on http://www.mothering.com/discussions/
and the fabulously talented wood toy makers on etsy, namely woodmouse and woodchesters (not sure legality of including their names so I didn't link, I'll be back to edit later after checking the rules as I remember reading something about not mentioning etsy here) to get off my duff and make my two boys some toys.
The alligators were made with a scroll saw using a pattern found here: http://www.freewoodpuzzles.com/freepuzzles.html
I just didn't cut them into puzzles as my boys wanted some animals to play with. The one with the wonky leg was made in a hurry, got a bit ahead of myself. They are painted with a light wash of watercoloring until I can get some milk paint.
The horse was free handed.
I am so glad we bought a scroll saw... it is easier than sewing and I'll never buy a wood toy again. OOoohhh... and they smell so good!