Fairly recently I started crocheting and sewing toys for my kiddos. Doing that gave me a new appreciation for people who handcraft. So much time, energy and love go into the making of handmade toys, and no two are exactly the same.
Of course, they don’t necessarily have to be sewn or crocheted. A friend of mine has a fantastic toy for her little ones that was made for them by a friend, and I fell in love with it. It is a board with different sized bolts screwed into it. The kids can screw on and unscrew the corresponding nuts. This helps them build their fine motor skills, their hand-eye coordination, and teaches them to match up the nuts and bolts based on size. A handmade educational toy – now that is REALLY something!
I bet you wonder where I’m going with this….no, I’m not trying to sell you anything that I’ve made. =)
What I would like to encourage you to do, however, is to consider purchasing handmade toys and other items this Christmas/holiday season. You’ll not only be purchasing something wonderful for a loved one on your list, but you’ll also be supporting another family.
You may recall that not too long ago I talked about DeanBug Etsy Designs. She has some great quiet books, Bible covers, aprons, and more.
To find out more about this great handmade toy movement, please visit The Handmade Toy Alliance website.
photo credit: Sean Gladwell