About Playful Plans

Kevin and Anne McGuire
Kevin and Anne McGuire
Co. Kerry, Ireland 2010

Playful Plans is an extension of Kevin McGuire's forty-year career as a woodworker and authoring four popular project title for kids and their caregivers. He designs innovative vintage-inspired playthings for young people.

As a long-time collector his business restoring vintage wooden toys has helped to build relationships with important collectors and significant collections across the country.

Anne McGuire is a child development professional with thirty year's experience as a therapist working with young people with autism. Following her  retirement from the Western North Carolina regional autism clinic/UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2016, she currently consults to autism programs across the South.

Kevin and Anne have been married for twenty-nine years. Their daughter graduated from College of Charleston, teaches in a public school special needs classroom in South Carolina and is working on her Masters degree.


What people are saying about Playful Plans:
"Kevin, your plans are very nicely done, easy to follow, fun and interesting to read! I'm enjoying the ones I got, thank you very much!" - June Corley


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.

Praise for Kevin's Books

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.