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…trying to work out exactly what is and isn’t toxic with home-made wooden toys… lots of talk, not too much clarity… 
These folk say: “You will … want to make sure your baby’s toys are finished with non-toxic sealers and paints, such as water or a milk-based paint. … A toy’s finish should not have a strong smell. Babies under three should not have toys finished with mineral oil, linseed oil or plant-based oil. Also avoid toys made from pressed wood. They are made with an adhesive containing urea-formaldehyde (UF) that irritate your baby’s gateways (skin, eyes, throat) and make him nauseous. Pressed wood toys don’t look as well made and are bumpy and unfinished at the edges.” write that: “Making wooden toys requires special considerations, especially if the toy is for a small child, who is likely to put it in her mouth. Certain types of wood should be avoided. Cedar splinters can be toxic, and oak has a tannin that should not be ingested, according to Faux Some exotic hardwoods may also be toxic. Be cautious with imported lumber, Barclay advises, and do not use treated lumber. Concerns about toxicity of paints and finishes also arise when making wooden toys. Fortunately, like the selection of wood, these issues are within your control when you make wooden toys.
… Paints to use on wooden toys include acrylics or watercolors with the “AP Non-toxic seal,” milk paint (except in case of dairy allergy). Toys may be left unfinished as long as they are well-sanded and smooth, although unfinished toys will get dirty more easily and will have no protection if they get wet. Natural oils, such as almond and walnut oil and linseed oil, are a good option for wooden toys. Almond and walnut oil may trigger nut allergies. Boiled linseed oil dries faster but includes petroleum solvents and metallic drying agents. Many natural toy makers use mineral oil, made from petroleum, as a finish, and it is inexpensive and a good choice if you are concerned about allergies, according to Make Baby
Read more: What You Need to Know About Making Wooden Toys |

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How to Make a Non-Toxic Wood Toy Finish also point out that: “one of the best wooden toys you can surely make (and the easiest) is wooden puzzles. These wooden puzzles are not a choking hazard for children since you can make bigger sizes with it. Moreover, this kind of toy can be a hit for moms who want to provide toys for their children.

To start in making your wooden puzzles, you have to get a flat type of wood. Make sure that the wooden material you get is sturdy enough. Remember that the lumber should be 1 – 2 inches thick so that it can stand up as the kid finishes the puzzle. The next part is to get the other materials you need.

  • Saw (scroll saw or band saw)
  • Sand paper
  • Puzzle shape patterns
  • Patterns – animal, plants, cars and etc.
  • Paint (non-toxic)

After having all the materials needed, you can now lay the wood on your work table and place the pattern on it. Just make sure that pattern is exact. After drawing the shape, you can now draw the puzzles onto the main shape of the toy.

Cut the wooden pattern (e.g. Dinosaur or a bird) using a band saw or a scroll saw. The next part is to use the sand paper and smooth out the rough surface of the raw material. Make sure that there sides of the product are also smooth so that there will be no wood splints.

The next step is to apply some paint (non-toxic). Well, you can also make the wooden toy without painting it. Just use varnish for a wooden finish. Take into account that after you have finished the toy, you can make another toy using different shapes and sizes. …Just search online and get free woodworking plans.”


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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