About Playful Plans
Playful Plans is an extension of Kevin McGuire's thirty-five-year career as a woodworker and twenty years authoring woodworking project titles. He designs innovative vintage-inspired playthings for young people.
Anne McGuire is a child development professional with thirty year's experience as a therapist working with young people with autism. She is currently Interim Director of the Western North Carolina regional autism clinic, a part of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Kevin and Anne have been married for twenty-four years. Their daughter graduates from College of Charleston this year and will teach in a public school special needs classroom in South Carolina.
Playful Plans features unique, downloadable plans for wooden playthings. Every plan includes detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations, historical and cultural notes, and photos. Look for them in our Find Plans section.
Regularly-updated articles on design and technique are also offered for free download in the Workshop.
The Playful Plans Blog features commentary on the history, fabrication and cultural context of wooden playthings past and present.
When not in the workshop Kevin can be found tending his vegetable garden, flyfishing the mountain streams or seeking additions to his vintage wooden toys collection.
His books have been recognized by reviewers, educators, and craftsmen and are currently included in over one thousand library collections in the United States and in many international collections from Iceland to South Africa to Australia.
School Library Journal: "An attractive, well-organized introduction… clear and easy to follow… A good update to craft sections that is sure to be a hit."
Booklist: "This nicely-illustrated how-to goes beyond wood, glue and nails to explain woodworking techniques and a variety of tools. Children will have fun assembling the projects."
Chinaberry: "What a book! My kids could hardly contain their excitement when they first saw it… filled with exceptional directions. What an opportunity for you to mentor your child in real life skills… your child can discover a whole new world."
The Australian Woodworker: "Treat them to a copy of Woodworking for Kids and introduce them to a rewarding pastime that may last their lifetime."
Kevin's latest title The All-New Woodworking for Kids is currently featured on woodworking and crafts websites. Ask for it at your local bookseller or order it online.