As I have already explained, I have a granddaughter who is 14 months old next January 6. Now, she needs small toys that may create a link to Nature and all the animals children like so much, while having to think and elaborate to play with them.
As I was looking for something interesting to create a puzzle, I came upon a marvellous puzzle: an elephant family, with all the elements cut out, so that they can be together or separated.
As I have bought a Jig Saw recently, i decided to give it a try, but with thicker wood.
Step 1: Drawing It and Cutting It Into Pieces
First I had to draw the picture on thick watercolour paper and then I cut it into pieces so that I could print the image in a piece of pine wood.
As you can see in the pictures, the elements of the family are completely separated on the right and together on the left.
Step 2: Drawing It on the Wood
Then I had to copy the images onto the wood.
Above we have the same sequence.
Then I used my new jig saw and cut the pieces. As the wood is about 2.5 cm thick, is was a bit difficult, but patience and perseverance got the best of it.
Here we have two photos taken immediately after having cut the pieces.
Step 4: Sanding... and Varnishing...
Then came the last part: sanding. I had to try and sand all the edges so that Leonor does not cut herself when playing with it.
After sanding the set, I varnished it.
Here it is, with the elephants' eyes already carved. It's a nice puzzle for Leonor to learn about elephants.
Step 5: Last But Not the Least...
After having finished this puzzle, I must make use of my creativity and invent other sets with other animals, so that Leonor may receive a whole collection of wild animals, farm animals... I'll let you know about them when I have them all figured out! Hope you enjoyed this.
I have to confess that woodworking is something that really makes my day!