Toy Seesaw: A Kid-Made Gift


Maia has been creating a toy for Daphne over the past couple of weeks. She made the first part in school—a wooden seesaw out of a paint stirring stick and some wood scraps—and added some playmobil figures and a coat of paint at home. I love how carefully she's been thinking about and working on this!


First, Maia mostly just played with the seesaw, using it as a catapault to launch the little playmobil people across the room (over and over and over). Then she taped them down in an attempt to add them to the toy for Daphne's sake. And, finally, asked me to get out the glue gun since they weren't staying on well.


After she glued the people down, she painted the seesaw with red, white, and purple tempera paint. And wrapped it in layers of giftwrap, bows, and far more scotch tape than necessary.

Are your kids doing any gift making?

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    December 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    This is really wonderful! How inspired she must have been, taking her time to make it just right. It is lovely!

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    Heather Collins
    December 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    That is so very sweet of her :) I bet her sister will love it.
    Sophie made some handmade ornaments for family, and she helped me make magnets for presents too.
    I have one more handmade item to make and then we will be done and ready to finish wrapping our gifts to go under the tree!

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    Bridgett Thomas
    December 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks to you, Ceridwen and I made salt-dough ornaments as her gifts to family and friends! We used stamps to add patterns and do-a-dots to paints them, which worked remarkably well. She’s given some to her preschool teachers. And has a huge stash to give to people at random. That was such a great and easy activity (started and finished by the time my son woke up from his nap!)

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    Amy Fields
    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I got brave and my son and I made candy cane play-doh. We gave some to the kids at school and church. It was a big hit. Next year we are doing your snowman idea. Marvin enjoyed the creative process and giving presents to others.

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