Give an Unforgettable Gift with our Unique, Simple Woodworking Plans

Surprising children with your handmade playthings isn’t just for birthdays and holidays. Anytime is the right time to thrill your kids with heirloom-quality craft toys- gifts from your heart and hands that they’ll love and cherish, and one day pass down to another generation.

Build Classic Kids’ Toys with Playful Plans

Here are three vintage-inspired woodworking plans for projects that you can make in your own shop, on your own schedule. They’re designed for builders of every skill level, so jump right in!

1. Wooden Rocking Horse (Western Pony)

This lively little pony isn’t for riding! It’s a miniature wooden rocking toy for display on your child’s shelf and for sharing with friends. Although it looks carved, it’s shaped with wood files (rifflers) and sanded to final form, then finished with paints and a fabric saddle. Western Pony is a project for anyone with basic woodworking tools and is made with balsa wood, an excellent material for builders who are new to the craft or seeking to advance their skills.  

2. Handmade Wood Wagon (Little Red Wagon)

Here’s a handmade rolling classic for your kids! Little Red Wagon from Playful Plans is a vintage-styled woodworking project that you can build in a weekend or two with basic tools and a bit of lumber, paint and hardware. I’ve designed it to bring back memories of the time-honored red wagons we grew up with when we were young, and for you to build for your youngsters! This Playful Plan is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions, complete materials and tools lists and many helpful suggestions to make your handmade wooden wagon easy to build a very special gift to children.

3. Wooden Building Blocks (Big Blocks)

These giant, colorful building blocks are great favorites with kids ages 3 & up. The Playful Plans woodworking plan features project illustrations, materials and dimensions, and clear step-by-step instructions. Big Bocks encourage creative play and large-motor development, not to mention fun! Make as many of these Big Blocks as you wish for backyard or indoors play time, your kids will love them.

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