Toys

This is where I will post available toys to mod as they are donated. Or if you have a toy you would like to donate please post a picture of it here or mail it to me. * *please contact me for shipping information.

Topic by CarliPierce 


Toy lamp

Ryan McElhinney makes funky lamps and frames with lots of old action figures. They're all glued together in what looks like some battle royale and coated with one color for a unifying look. The results are pretty awesome. Check out the link below for more pictures. Ryan McElhinney via Neatorama

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chew toy?

I have a very strong, large breed dog who essentially destroys nearly all store-bought chew toys in a matter of minutes.  One might say he seems to view these as child's play (puppy's play).

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Toys/ Materials

Originally Mod Squad was born out of the idea to use donated toys to create prosthetic arms because there is an over abundance of them in the US, they are fairly low cost, they provide a variety of materials, and children would enjoy the way they look as opposed to more industrial materials. However a big concern is their durability. Share your thoughts/findings/suggestions about using toys. Are there other existing materials that are easy to access and would be good to re-use but would also make something that a child would like?

Topic by CarliPierce   |  last reply


TOYS with LED's

Hi, I recently bought one sword with LEDS and I want to know how they control the LEDS (it have different patterns of lighting). They use a PIC or IC ? I open the sword and have a very small PCB board with the IC cover with a black solid coating my questions are: The toys use and IC or PIC? What is the difference between IC or PIC's? They control also the voltage of the LED (different color of LED have different voltage)? The PIC/IC is programmed in which language? Where can I found more resources about this topic ? thank you for any help Chris SWORD http://www.rinovelty.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.thumbs/cat/114/page/2/filter/pricerange%7Cany%7Cany/Light_Ups_Light_Up_Swords

Topic by christoys   |  last reply


wooden toys vs plastic toys ?

Which one is a good option for kids wooden toys or plastic toys ????

Topic by Wholesaletoys   |  last reply


Mini Camera Toy

Hi everyone! I need help! I want to make this mini camera toy.. When you look inside the hole you can see images like animals and when you click it, the image changes.. HOw can i Make this ?

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Musical Parrot Toy

Serious request... my Parrot (African Grey) loves music. I would like to buy/build 'Parrot-proof' musical 'instrument/s' device/s that he can play, perhaps triggered by either percussive impulses from his beak and/or his vocal range. This would help him remain stimulated when I am out. All genuine replies welcome... :) The closest thing available is this, but it isn't very versatile (only pre set sounds) + not very musical  http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/bird-toys/jm-bird-babble-ball?pageSize=45&orderBy=1#

Topic by ParrotFX   |  last reply


wheel and axle toys?

How to make science toys on the principle of wheel and axle. 

Question by prasanth reddy   |  last reply


Quick easy Toys? Answered

Anybody know some quick easy toys to make? Simple, with fairly cheap materials?

Question by AshleighLm   |  last reply


PVC Pipe Toys

Hello, I am developing a line of toys made with PVC pipes. Take a look at these two instructables. https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Pipe-Figures/ and https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Pipe-Dragon/

Topic by nicolaudosbrinquedos   |  last reply


JAck in the box toy

Has anyone hacked a Jack in the box? I've spent 2 hrs with paper drawing up mechanisms, but it'd be nice to see what they use for the toys without buying one. Any help? Greg

Topic by Watershed   |  last reply


Adding speakers to a toy

(Hullo. Please excuse me if this is not the right forum.) I want to add speakers to a toy but I have no idea where to start. I assume I need speakers of course but how do I figure out which is which? And if it's possible at all. I want to add 2 speakers that will make the toy sounds more audible. I am not sure of the following though: (a) What kind of speaker to use (b) I assume I need to add a separate power supply for the new speakers, but how do I connect it to the toy Thanks!

Topic by ygor77   |  last reply


Animating toy soldiers

Hi community help needed. I want to use the headphone output from a "DFplayer mini" to control 2 servo's. This movement is to animate some toy soldiers, nothing needs to be precise, just some movement. I know there must be a link somewhere but I can't see one. Much appreciated Bill

Question by daftasacoot   |  last reply


Fighting construction toy

I am trying to find a toy that my brother had as a kid. What it is was a battery powered base that you put a spinning blade like object it was all made of plastic, on top of the blade was a plastic shield like object to hold the blade on, the two motor bases where connected together with string that came out the side of the robot and connected to a plastic anchor point of the other. When you turned on the two bases it caused the blades to spin and the tether lines slowly retracted causing the blades to come into contact which then knocked the shields and blades off each other. The person who still had their blade and or shield on at the end won. Does anyone know what these toys where called?

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Fun Fire Toy

This is a fun toy I made in the Boy Scouts to scare the younger kids. First take three pages of newspaper, roll them up, and tie it tight with a long thin rope. Then take a candle, light it, and pour the wax over everything but a small edge of the rolled up paper. Light the one end, and if done correctly, the 'toy' should last a few minutes. The long rope gives you the ability to swing it around in the air, and scare people with it. I am not resposible for any burns, forrest fires, or any other type of injury or fire. Use at your own risk, and keep water handy, just in case.

Topic by invisiblepaintballer 


My POV Toy!

Woot!I finally finished my version of ladyada's miniPOV.I just made it a bit smaller and used a header for programming rather than attaching the 25 pin D connector directly to the board. Oh - and almost all of my supplies (except for the board) were free =DD.-->Check it!-T3h_Muff

Topic by T3h_Muffinator   |  last reply


Toy that plays tune

Hey, guys. Didn't know where to post, so thought this might be as good a place as any... Anyways, I would like to make a doll for a friend's birthday and for it to be one of those that you press something and it plays a tune. Does anybody have an instructable like that? (Searched a bit, didn't know which keywords to use) If not, any ideas, suggestions?  Thanks!

Topic by TashaDax   |  last reply


DIY RC toys? Answered

Just a bit of background, as a bit of fun and a learning (LOTS of learning) exercise, I'd like to make myself an RC tank, ie: http://woodgears.ca/tracked_vehicle/index.html I've aimed pretty high with this one though, as I've no experience with Remote Control applications, though I'm fairly comfortable with electronics. I was hoping for an overview of what I will require (transmitter, receiver, servos, etc) and good places to look for these components, so I can move on to actually planning. Thanks in advance.

Question by AdmiralNiik   |  last reply


Animating a stuffed toy.

I'm brand new to this site and hope some one can help me. I am making a fabric covered starfish that will be stuffed with a polyester fiberfill. I am wanting to animate it in that I wish the arms to move in some manner. I'm not fussy about what direction or even how much; I just want it to have the appearance of being alive. I also want to have two small lights for eyes; if they could blink, that would be cool, but if not that's fine also. I don't know a thing about what I need and live in a small town, so my resources here are little if none. Hobby store websites have been no help. I just need someone to give me some ideas of what I need and how to run wires or whatever into the arms to make them move. Of course, I'm looking for this to be battery operated. Something I can turn on and walk away from. I can adjust the size of the starfish to accomodate the equipment I need, but don't want it to be too big. I guess I want it to be as compact as possible. I saw the wonderful hand that someone built and it said that it could be done using servos(which I have no clue what they are), but that sure got my interest as the fingers moved much like I would like the arms of the starfish to move. So can someone give me some suggestions or head my in the right direction? Thanks so much!

Topic by biirrd   |  last reply


Twitter powered toy grabber

Hi I work for a social media agency in the UK and am working on a project with a client that need some help on.  The idea is to create a toy grabber that is powered by tweets. Probably using a traditional fairground grabbing claw and hacking it some way using Arduino to take commands from Tweets. Does anyone think this is feasible and if so how it could work.  Also if anyone fancies taking up the challenge for a fee or just for kudos ;-) Look forward to hearing from you D

Topic by Dunkndisorderly   |  last reply


gripper toy/prosthetic prototype

Well its a simple cycle brake (side pull single pivot,brake pads removed) inserted in a glove that can be used to grab objects. The initial idea was to build on it further and have the brake lever fitted under the armpit such that when the arm is moved towards the body the lever gets pulled and the grip tightens to grab objects for persons who might be missing part of the hand from below the elbow. However didn't get any further for various reasons, would be very happy if anyone would find it useful.

Topic by Freddy Francis   |  last reply


Salvaging Toy Laser Gun?

I have these two old toy laser guns As Seen Here, Overpriced, and was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything worth salvaging out of it. The guns turn on and stuff, but the sensor to "reload" is on the blink, and even I can't set it off, let alone my 4 and 5 year old nephews. Thanks.Btw, what type of "laser" do you think it is ? An infared beam, like a remote?

Topic by Bran   |  last reply


Gripper toy/Prosthetic Prototype

Well its a simple cycle brake (side pull single pivot,brake pads removed) inserted in a glove that can be used to grab objects. The initial idea was to build on it further and have the brake lever fitted under the armpit such that when the arm is moved towards the body the lever gets pulled and the grip tightens to grab objects for persons who might be missing part of the hand from below the elbow. However didn't get any further for various reasons, would be very happy if anyone would find it useful.

Topic by Freddy Francis 


my new "toy" help?

So I recently got a graphics tablet used from a place sort of like goodwill, but it isn't a chain, and it did not come with a pen. I am wondering if there is anyway i could possibally make one? The model is a Wacom intuos3 ptz-431W. i have been looking at pens, and cant really afford one right now. Any help? oh and i know that the pen and tablet work by using magnetic waves, on a grid axis. I have LOTS of copper wire and wire, in case i need it to use radio frequency.

Question by Hackrtanman   |  last reply


Simon Field's Science Toys

On my visit to Simon Field's farm, Simon showed my friends and me a great many awesome tricks and toys.  Of course, Simon does run Scitoys.com so this isn't surprising!  First we saw his workshop where he spends his time doing research, inventing things and writing books about them. He showed us a trick of floating aluminum pans off of a Tesla coil which I sadly did not get any pictures of. Next he got out a small vaccuum chamber and set some marshmallows in it. Yes they expand awesomely as the pressure declines, but what happens after that surprised me. Take a look: He also had a board which he had painted with homemade phosphorescent paint, made from ground-up strontium aluminate (I believe it was).  You could "draw" on it with a laser pointer: Here is an example of Franklin's bells, an electrical demonstration made famous by Benjamin Franklin.  A small metal clapper is suspended between two metal bells, each of which is hooked up to one end of an electrical circuit.  If sufficient voltage is passed through the circuit, the clapper is attracted to one bell, touches it, releases (or obtains) electrons to become similarly charged, whereupon it is repulsed.  It is then charged oppositely to the other bell and is attracted to it, until it touches that bell and swaps charges.  The cycle repeats as long as the circuit is maintained. The last thing we did was to eat whipped cream... that had been frozen in liquid nitrogen!  This turned Quinn into a dragon.

Topic by rachel 


Why do some toy's circuits miss some components? Answered

So, i opened up some of my old toys just out of curiosity, and i noted that there were some empty places for components such as capacitors. What would happen if i added a capacitor there and why do they lack them in the first place?

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how we make a helicopter?

Question by vidhun   |  last reply


Broken links in Toy Challenge results

Hi there, I noticed that the links for the runner-ups in the Toy Challenge are inaccurate, leading you to the wrong Instructable or to the homepage. Thanks for looking into this Lance

Topic by LanceMakes   |  last reply


Phun -- "Coolest science toy ever?"

Phun - the 2D physics sandbox, has been called the "Coolest science toy ever" by the folks at Bad Science.Phun is a neat little physics simulation environment with gravity rules, etc., and a very simple real-time interface. Try it!The free download is here.

Topic by gmoon   |  last reply


Replacing a picture in a mono viewmaster toy

Disney had this line of single pictures viewmasters back in the day http://disneyatdisleelandiablog.blogspot.com/2011/11/disneylands-40th-anniversary.html   My girlfriend is a huge fan of Lion King and I  wanted to replace the picture inside with one of us.  I was curious if anyone else had attempted a similar project and could offer advice.  Thanks in advance

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Soft toy/inflatable design software

Does anyone know of a way I can design my soft toy/sculpture/inflatable in 3d then print out the parts with software? Otherwise, how should I do this? Appreciate the help!

Topic by jarris   |  last reply


How is a toy like this called in English?

How is the toy in the pictures called in English? The figures collapse or bow when a button in the base is pushed in. There's no real name for them in Dutch... Any advice on how I should call these in my upcoming Instructable?

Topic by ynze   |  last reply


child's DIY mechanical toy panel

Once upon a time I saw a panel that had a light switch, receptacle and plug, screen door hinge and latch and other things a child could do to keep busy and learn while they are playing. Do you have any ideas of things we could add to the panel. It will not be electrified but could have some battery operated things. Something that makes sounds would be nice too.  This child is two and seems very interested in stuff like this. 

Topic by estherwaayenberg 


Request for Toy Lead Test Instructable

There are constant reports of high lead levels in many toys, as well as new findings that lead is an even more dangerous neurotoxin than previously believed. Does anyone have the chemical background to devise a simple home test for lead levels in toys? My thoughts are that a number of toys would be place in a bathtub, and a leeching agent would be added which would dissolve some of any lead present. The dilute solution in the tub would then be tested by a standard home water supply lead test. This could possibly be a great service... Thanks!

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Simple homemade clutch for a flywheel toy?

I love those old flywheel toy cars and pump tops, but they are getting too rare to disassemble and I'd love to know how they work! I understand the push part, like in a push drill. What I can't seem to find is how to get the wheel faster and faster with repeated pumps. There must be some sort of clutch that somehow doesn't need to match speed with the spinning wheel, and it must be simple, or they wouldn't have used it in those (originally) inexpensive old toys, I do remember that there was no ratchet noise. But I can't figure it out. I know this sort of thing used to be quite common, but I'm drawing a blank on the internet. Any help will be appreciated! Many thanks!

Question by eruger   |  last reply


Toy K'nex gun shoots 500ft?

COMING SOON! Toy gun that shoots 500ft. Ible and video coming soon! Be on the lookout!

Topic by Knex Lego Maniac   |  last reply


Toy Rods and Connectors Contest: Prizes!

Hello knexers! Just a small forum topic about the price I won with the Toy Rods and Connectors Contest. My prize arrived today, and I thought it would be nice to show you a picture. To the other winners of the contest: Feel free to send me a picture off your prize (comment or PM), then I can add it to the forum topic. 1st picture: me 2nd picture: hunter999 3rd picture: knexpert#10829476 Thanks for looking! ~Sandroknexmaster~

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What are some good toys for gerbils?

I generally want homemade toys but anything will do. My gerbils chew everything up so im always looking for a good toy.

Question by builderdude   |  last reply


how to make a simple cat toy?

It can be a chuw toy or it can be a ball or something.

Question by vee-man.mol   |  last reply


how to make a motorized toy car?

I have a science class and I need to built a moving toy car that uses a motor

Question by chienngo   |  last reply


making molded toys from silicone?

Does anyone know how to 'melt'/liquify silicone. I want to to this to Foley catheters(yellow urine tubes used in hospitals) then pour the silicone into molds of M.U.S.C.L.E men toys. Any advice

Question by Ivar Naraknas   |  last reply


Hack-A-Toy at Nottinghack in Nottingham UK

Nottinghack the Nottingham Hackspace are running a Hack-A-Toy workshop at the Navigation on Wilford Street Nottingham. Join Nottinghack at www.meetup.com/nottinghack Bring a poundshop toy some tools and bit n bobs and make a drag racers and dual (no rules) £2 in to share stuff and tools with other members! Hope to see you there.

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easy recharging method for child's toy

I want to use a rechargeable battery inside a toy, and I don't want to remove the battery for charging.  I'm looking for a simple and safe method for charging that a young child can do by themself.  Here are some thoughts I've had: wireless (such as with a qi pad) = Is there any way to actually keep this from getting hot?  I'm assuming the base would be always on, and the toy would be left on it all night or longer. solar = This requires a light or the sun to charge.  I'm considering putting the solar cell in the bottom of the toy and making a light base that it could be placed on, but I'd need some type of sensor or switch so it only lights when the toy is on it. metal contact pads = This would be easier than a plug since you'd only need to set the toy down, but can it be done safely?   Anybody have suggestions?  Thanks.

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Indiana Jones Archeological Sand Toys

Does anyone know how to make sand stick together like the archeological sand toys from museums?  I'd like to bury items for a camp and let them dig in their individual sand cakes with popsicle sticks.?

Question by angelbaby1   |  last reply


DC toy motor as cooling fan

I used a dc toy motor to make a cooling fan. i made the connections to draw power using usb.but 3rd time when i plugged , the laptop didnt start. i called service centre and they said to replace motherboard. fortunately i had warranty. why this happens ?????

Topic by adonis ajith   |  last reply


wind-up toy making question?

I want to make steampunk style wind up toys, I just need any information pertaining to the mechanics of wind up ... stuff. You know, how do I make springs? How do you go about putting the wind up "engine" together? Are there any sources for purchasing parts online? Any help would be greatly appreciated

Question by gothking85   |  last reply


Sample and Loop Frog (Bent toy)

Hey Folks, i ordered this frog at dealextreme. com.Its called a "Digitally Recordable Motion Activated Visitor Welcoming Door Chime Frog". Originally it is a toy that says "Hello" when someone passes by. You can use your own sample, simply by pressing a button to record it to the frog. Nice toy for circuit bending i thought. Here's what i made today. I added loop, pitch control, input and output jack and a button to start the sample manually. Okay it has still a few bugs, but it works. Hope you enjoy the video:  

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toy musical keyboard...How to fix?

I am new to Making and to instructables so bear with me. I recently bought an old toy musical keyboard at a garage sale. The nice ladies told me it would work with batteries but of course it does not. This is a no name (brandless) toy probably bought on the street in Hong Kong or something. Anyway, I would eventually like to get into circuit bending and the like but for now I would just like to try to understand how to fix the thing. Does anyone have any advice? Can you point me to a resource on how to troubleshoot this thing? I know I will probably need a multimeter and a soldering gun but other than that I am clueless. Thanks

Topic by miked3po 


Motor and base design for optical toys

Hello everybody! I'm in the process of building a reiteration of a series of optical toys (like this one, or these) with motor, stroboscopes and little music system. The thing is their discs measure about 1 m (like 3,2 feets) and one of them (praxinoscope) is a heavy one due to the mirrors it possess (see photo [it isn't it's actual state]) so I created a metal base for it with a tube, three metal angles as legs and washing machine 115v ~60hz 70W 250VAC single phase motor soldered on (with capacitor), so the disc sits on top of the motor, and the thing is that after an hour of so of being tested on continuous duty it stopped and started to smell like burnt. What could the problem be? Could it be a design problem since the motor has all that weight on top? Should I have used gears and pulleys? How can I make it last longer without it being to complex?  If someone can help or has some ideas I'd appreciate it , thanks in advance! Benkos M. G.

Topic by BenkosM   |  last reply