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Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly: 28 Projects You Can Build from the Toy Inventor's Workshop Review by Brandi Tesreau

Bob Gilsdorf
Fox Chapel Publishing
1970 Broad Street
East Petersburg, PA 17520

Do you have a child who's interested in woodworking? If you're a parent who has tools, time, and some basic woodworking knowledge, then you and your child may enjoy completing the 28 projects found in Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly by Bob Gilsdorf.

In our current society where we are constantly bombarded with technology that provides instant gratification, the thought of actually making a toy sounds appealing. I think woodworking could provide an opportunity to teach kids about hard work and patience. Imagine, too, the pride they would feel when playing with a toy made by their very own hands.

The toy projects are divided into categories: Shooters, Launchers, Games, Toys, and Gumball Machines. Each project begins with a basic layout of the project followed by wood patterns, a list of materials and tools, and step-by-step instructions complete with photos or drawings. The material in this guide seems organized and easy to follow, but I do admit this is coming from someone with zero woodworking skills.

For those of you who are like me and not too familiar with woodworking, the appendix will come in very handy. It contains woodworking basics, such as selecting and cutting wood, drilling holes, how to nail, and decorating and finishing your wooden toy projects. The appendix also has time-saving tips as well as a list of toy-making supplies that should be kept on hand. Safety and working with small children are also discussed.

Zany Wooden Toys, that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly is the perfect book for those who love hands-on projects and aren't afraid to use a saw. For just $19.95, you and your child will not only be building toys but memories as well!

Product review by Brandi Tesreau, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May 2010