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« on: December 02, 2008 07:55:21 AM »

My entry for this challenge is for a not quite two year old neighbor girl.  My grandchildren live far from me, so I have adopted this little girl as my surrogate granddaughter. 

I have made a few toys for her for when she was born, last Christmas, and her first birthday.  Her parents love the things that I make, so I decided that she needed something that will grow with her.

You always see the wire cube thingys in the doctor's office for kids to play with while they are waiting to see the doc.  So, I decided to try to duplicate one.  Well, it didn't work out quite like that, but this is my version.

I don't have any "in progress" pictures.  Once I started with it, I just did it.

I used stainless steel wire (dumb, I know) and colored beads for the top. 

The side on the left is magnetic, and for size reference, I used a pizza pan for the magnetic surface.  The side on the right is a maze that has dowels with knobs on each end to move through the various mazes.


In this view, the side on the left is solid wood painted with four coats of chalkboard paint, and the side on the right is a bunch of blocks with pictures on them.  I made the blocks and then drilled holes in them and threaded them onto a dowel rod with beads between to separate them.


I painted the whole thing in various colors of non toxic paint.  I hope she likes it.

I hope you like it as well.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 08:10:06 AM »

WOW!!  I wish my little girl had a surrogate Grandma like you!  Nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 08:17:28 AM »

That's fantastic!  What a wonderful idea!  I would have never thought to make one of those.
Definitely have my vote!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008 08:47:08 AM »

Oh my! You did a fantastic job. This is one of those toys that you keep to use with your children.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008 08:56:09 AM »

That is great...I may have to get my husband busy for our grand-son....
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2008 10:21:35 AM »

WOW!!! Shocked You obviously put a lot of time into that and it shows! It is great; I am sure she will love it! I know my kids would. Wonderful job!
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2008 11:21:30 AM »

very nice job!  I would have never of thought to make that.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2008 12:43:20 PM »

This is so awesome.  You did a fabulous job, I never would have thought to create my own cube.  I will think of this in a few hours when I actually take my son to the dr for an appt.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2008 01:10:25 PM »

No kids here, but my kitty would LOVE that!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2008 01:26:46 PM »

No kids here, but my kitty would LOVE that!

Yeah, I'm also working on a cat toy for my babies.  It has springs and knobs and feathers galore.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2008 05:21:36 PM »

wow that must have taken forever to make! i know she'll love it, it's wonderful
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« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2008 05:41:29 PM »


I used stainless steel wire (dumb, I know) and colored beads for the top. 


Question:  Why was it dumb to use stainless steel wire?  (Just wondering).

I really like this concept.  I prefer yours much more over the ones in waiting rooms...those are tiny and many don't seem to stand up too well to what little kids do to them.  (Or perhaps it's just the ones that I've seen!)

I'm sure she'll love it.  The pizza pan/magnet surface and the chalkboard make me happy Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2008 06:11:07 PM »


I used stainless steel wire (dumb, I know) and colored beads for the top. 


Question:  Why was it dumb to use stainless steel wire?  (Just wondering).


Because it was harder than heck to bend.  I had to make a wood form to bend it around, and it still took some force to get it there.  Or maybe I'm just weak.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2008 07:26:51 PM »

uuuum...wow...that is one of the most incredible things I have seen on craftster.
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2008 07:47:47 PM »

I am envious of your wordworking/engineering skills - what a great toy for a toddler.
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2008 10:15:01 PM »

Are you kidding me? She will LOVE it! You rock, and so does your toy. I wish I could make one of them for my son.
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2008 12:51:58 PM »

i know she will love this!! 
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2008 01:43:58 PM »

That is a marvelous toy!  You did great work.
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2008 12:47:24 AM »

That is amazing pinokeeo! I say it's way better than the ones in doctor's offices!
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2008 02:04:44 PM »

So cool, I'm sure it will get lots of use from the recipient and several toddlers after her.  It's definitely one of those things I would want to have around even when my kid outgrew it because you can tell how much love was involved in the making of it.  Wonderful job.
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2008 02:19:03 PM »

This is nicer than the ones they sell in the stores. Great job.
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Oh my goodness! I want one!! That is AWESOME.
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2008 07:18:04 PM »

That is amazing pinokeeo! I say it's way better than the ones in doctor's offices!

Thank you.  I'm sure you've seen your share of doctor's offices, so this means a lot to me.

Oh my goodness! I want one!! That is AWESOME.

I doubt that I will ever make another one, but thanks for the comments.
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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2008 07:34:21 PM »

That is amazing pinokeeo! I say it's way better than the ones in doctor's offices!

Thank you.  I'm sure you've seen your share of doctor's offices, so this means a lot to me.


Heehee, yep, several dozen a day!   Smiley  This will be something to treasure for the kiddle!!
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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2008 03:55:14 PM »

If I were her parents, I'd want to stay your neighbor forever.  What a sweet, thoughtful, and fabulous gift.
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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2008 08:09:33 AM »

this is so rad!
my boyfriend and i were so inspired by your cube,
we decided to make one for his nieces for christmas!
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