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.

Posted by CarliPierce 10 years ago


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

Posted by christoys 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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).

Asked by dhoover23 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


wooden toys vs plastic toys ?

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

Posted by Wholesaletoys 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


wheel and axle toys?

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

Asked by prasanth reddy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Quick easy Toys? Answered

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

Asked by AshleighLm 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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?

Asked by steve-lane 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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/

Posted by nicolaudosbrinquedos 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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

Posted by Watershed 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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 ?

Posted by iAMjerk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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!

Posted by ygor77 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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

Asked by daftasacoot 21 days ago


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#

Posted by ParrotFX 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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.

Posted by invisiblepaintballer 12 years ago


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

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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!

Posted by TashaDax 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Asked by AdmiralNiik 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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!

Posted by biirrd 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


why do you think is one of the best miniature toys or weapons?

Asked by shawdow7341 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I would like to build a simple toy barn and stable for my 4-year old's toy horses. Tools and budget are limited.

All of the plans I find onlline are expensive and complicated, and IJ don't have a band saw or router. I just want to build a simple, open-roof barn and stable, maybe a small table as well, for my little one's toy horses. I have a drill and hand tools, and some woodworking talent. Any ideas?

Asked by bigpapachiop 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


I need help making a toy for my dog

My Dog only likes to play fetch with Tin cans, but they sometimes cut his lips. Firstly, I was wondering if anyone had a Idea of how to cover the can with a rubber or plastic that could withstand the heavy play and bites of a large dog . Secondly, I want it to look cool so how would you make it two toned. I'm looking for this to last a while, thats why I want it to look cool. Its bad enough when I have to take Tin cans to the park. Also I'm not that experienced in plastics/Rubber. My skills are more inclined to carpentry. So please be specific. Thanks I hope someone can Help.

Posted by milonus1 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


How Do I convert my daughters bubble gun into a rechargeable toy?

I have a Bubble gun that take 3 AA batteries How can i convert it into a rechargeable one i have   lithium batteries  and i also have a portable charger i can use for the conversion . Its for my daughter and im trying to show her how "creative" iam  new to this forum so i dont know what other info is needed ..Help

Asked by The Deep Lagoon LLC 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


how can I add my instructable?

I have a dog toy that I've made that I would like to add to the Indestrucable collection of great ideas. How do I do this.

Asked by terrycrissman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do you unblock a picture, accidentally blocked when making instructable?

I was in the middle of making an instructable, and, i accidentally right clicked and hit the button that said "block images from img.instructables..."  I tried everything i could think of.  I didn't save, I deleted the step with the picture on it, and i even restarted the computer.  What should I do?

Asked by rogerrabbit321 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Any Old Knexers Still Here?

Hey guys! As the title say, are any of the old knex folks that I grew up with still around? I imagine most of us have grown up and moved on. I've looked around the site, and while I've found some decent stuff I haven't seen anybody I really recognize from my day. I'm just curious as to what people have grown to enjoy and like. I for one love anything music, and spend most of my free time playing. How about you guys? See y'all around Killer~SafeCracker

Posted by Killer~SafeCracker 6 years ago


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

Posted by Dunkndisorderly 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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?

Posted by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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.

Posted by Freddy Francis 4 years ago


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.

Posted by Freddy Francis 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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.

Asked by Hackrtanman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


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.

Asked by builderdude 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What Are Some Good, Homemade Guinea Pig Toys?

I have a pet store cage, but after my birthday I am going to make a c&c cage!

Asked by sammychow4 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I make this handheld toy projector brighter? Answered

I bought this handheld viewmaster projector at a garage sale yesterday. The problem is the bulb isn't bright enough, it takes two D batteries. Anything I could change to make it brighter?

Asked by buffysissy1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What would make good cat enclosure toys?

I have a cat enclosure attached to my house for my cats but it's just a bit of grass and a fence. How can I make it more interesting for them without spending hundreds of dollars on accessories from the company that built the enclosure? I don't really know where to start other than maybe hanging something from the top as a toy they can bat around but I'm worried that they'll either break the toy, break the netting or hurt themselves. I've considered a scratching post but I don't know how to make a waterproof one and carpet's kinda out :/

Asked by PaigeGrel 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Eyeclops Bionic Eye Toy. Anyone know if you could combine this with a camera somehow?

I played around with this but already bored with it. Wondering if it could be modified.

Asked by short_circuit_sam 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Possibliy a good contest for Christmas

I would not know from my Instructables hiatus that this has been suggested before, but I have a good thought for this years Christmas. Instead of going down to your toy shop burning money on the latest toys for someone, that simply you make toys. Of course toys you make yourself have a lot more meaning than those from a store, but I think we have a really creative community here that can engineer some good toy instructables. So why not hold a contest for the best toy instructable?

Posted by CyrusII 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Has anyone converted a 27mhz remote controller to 49mhz or vice versa?

You know how everyone keeps losing remotes for the great toys they sell at garage sales and such? It would be neat to be able to control different frequency toys from one controller?

Asked by farmboy177 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Knex

What Knex things do you want me to build ??

Posted by knex gun and grenade maker 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Where can I find a wind up mechanism?

I need a winding mechanism for a project. This would be small toy sized. It would be optimal if it were multidirectional winding. Either way winds like a watch. Not a lot of torque so that small hands can wind it, but not as small as a watch winding mechanism or as complex. I would like to add gears to change the speed of the output or torque as needed. Or if anyone knows where a sawing type input such as a worm gear winding. Both of these would be super helpful. I can tear apart winding toys of course. In an information gathering stage right now. 

Asked by caltman2 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Ideas for an interactive donation box?

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0in; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman; } div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I need to create a donation box for a non-profit art center where I volunteer. The box needs to be interactive.  That is, inserting a paper bill through an opening in the box, triggers a fun toyetic response, preferably not audible. Maybe something spins, a light flashes, LEDs arranged to spell "Thank you" flash on and off, etc.  The box could have four or five different openings, each with its own interactive feature. I love to get ideas from the Instructables community  as well as input on toys or electronic devices that can be adapted for this.

Asked by sandringham 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


My nerf nightfinders barrel is glued together. How do I get it apart? Answered

I want to do the air restrictor mod for my nerf night finder but the all of the parts of the barrel are glued together. How do i get it apart?

Asked by DBMods 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Great Adventures

Does anyone remember the old Great Adventures sets? I collected almost all of them for my kids when they were younger. We had the castle complete with all of the Knights, the King, the invading King, the bad knights, the wizard, the small dragon, the large dragon, the "Special" knights, the boulder launching cannon etc. We also invested in the western town set. We had the sheriff, the deputy, the jailer, assorted bandits, the bucking bull, etc. Another set was the pirate ship. We collected the large ship, the small ship, all of the captains, sea serpent, pirate island, shark raft, the iron whale, and over two-dozen pirates! We had a ball playing with these things. Me and the boys spending good quality time together. Then we had a small problem. i was transferred for work and the boys thought they had to leave everything behind (including the great adventures sets they loved!) They never told us though. We thought that they were just having issues with the move in general. We followed some tips from a buyers agent website (mainly the one entitle Communication) and figured out that they were worried about leaving behind everything. We quickly fixed the misunderstanding and resumed a peaceful move.

Posted by DELETED_Brett Briner 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can anyone point me towards a product or guide to make two key fobs that when pressed, turn on a light in the other?

I'm working on a little project that would require a very, very small transmitter/receiver combo, that needs to be both small and battery operated on 1 channel. I seem to remember some product that did something like this, kind of a secret message toy or something to that extent where when the button was pushed on one it would turn the light on in the other, so you could signal each other from across the room or something to that extent. I really just need a micro micro receiver that's linked to a 1 button key fob remote. If anyone can point me towards that product or a kit or what have you, lemme know! thanks!

Asked by Archarzel 9 years ago


Buzz Lightyear broken wing spring assembly that makes the wings open, how do I fix or replace?

I have a vintage Buzz Lightyear the spring assembly that makes the wings open up .  The spring assembly has a little spring and two "arms" that attach to the wings.  One of the white "arms" is broken, now what?

Asked by ZIPND 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Airsoft guns

Hello everybody! This is knexsniper1 with yet another forum topic :)in this one, i would like to know who on this website plays with or wants to play with airsoft guns. not only that, but if you currently play with airsoft guns, or are interested in them, then i and many other people would appreciate it if you would provide a link, or a location that you get airsoft guns from. please specifiy if the website is one that is reliable, because i along with many other people do not trust websites unless we have proof of their reputation. also, in this forum, you are welcome to share any updates on airsoft guns (new models, new attachements, etc...) and discuss your experiences with your guns, so that others may decide which is a better choice. if  you own an airsoft gun, then please tell us what type it is, your opinion on it, and some statistics so that others may base their decisions off of your experiences :)Have fun everybody!-ksp

Posted by knexsniper1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Flashing LED problem?

Hi everyone. I mess around with HO scale slot cars and have had decent success lighting them with LEDs using track voltage and simple resistors to power them. I have ventured into the use of full wave rectifiers to smooth out the power and a small capacitor to eliminate the flicker. The problem I am having is when trying to use multiple blinking LEDs. Single blinking LEDs haven't caused any problems and I've had good results with them. The problem starts when I use more than one. I can get a pair of them to work on the bench with out any problem at all, but when they are soldered to the slot car chassis they might work for 3-5 minutes and then they stop blinking, and usually get hung up on one LED staying lit. What is even stranger is if I take a piece of brass rod and touch the anode of the dead LED, it will light up momentarily (and the other will go out). I only have so much room to work with so flashing circuits, large capacitors and voltage regulators are out of the question. Keep in mind, these cars are the size of a hot wheels or matchbox car, and the chassis uses up most of the internal space. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Asked by slotcarman12078 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Attempting my first custom figure - Ferra/Torr

Hello, I've decided to finally try my hand at doing a custom figure. I want to try and make Ferra/Torr from Mortal Kombat X. Little guys riding on big guys is one of my favorite things for some reason. I figure it's probably best to start with Torr (the big guy). Right now I'm looking for ideas on what to use for the base body. I'm leaning towards a Marvel Select Ultimate Hulk as my base figure. I like his facial expression and his hand situation - one closed fist and one open hand with big grody fingernails. I have some concerns though, I've heard his articulation isn't as good as some other MS hulks. Does anyone have some insight into this? Would I be able to get him into a sort of hunched over pose? The little picture on the left shows the size relations between Ferra/Torr and a regular person. I was kind of thinking of going with a bigger scale and using real materials for the cloth and armor and whatnot. I work in a metal shop, so I could probably make the metal bits and bobs. Again, I have no idea if that would be a nightmare or not. Thanks, Me

Posted by DaveOfMutilation 3 years ago


What are some home made toy ideas for Ferrets?

Toys for animals in general are expensive, and ferrets will play with just about anything; what are some safe ideas for making some ferret toys to fill up their toy box?

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago