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Friday, 27 March 2009
This doesn't have to be expensive, and you don't need to be a master carpenter either, as these wonderfully illustrated toys are made entirely from paper. All you will need to get started, is a printer, some scissors, some glue and a little dash of creativity, along with mummy or daddy to help.
Once you enter the site, there are activities for girls and boys to choose from, including themed projects for Easter or Halloween.
Athough many of these toys are beautifully illustrated, you may prefer toys that you can colour in yourself - We'll there is a section for that too, so get out your paints, crayons, coloured pencils or felt tip pens and get colouring in with the selection of colouring in projects.
If you are looking for something more educational, then you will find a range of mathematical toys to make, or something a little more scientific like the whirley copters or the paper windmill.
There's also lots of paper toys to make that move, like the traditional button spinners or you can make your own paddle steamboat, or even a paper sailing boat which you can try on the water. One of my favourites, is the marble mouse and the bunny bowling game, where you can add a marble or two to your finished animal, which allows them to roll around on the table.
If your like me, and you have lots of nik-naks lying about, then you can sit down with your child and make your own themed box or basket to keep them in. They could also make great presents when filled with a treat to give to someone special.
You can also subscribe to the toymakers toy-list, and receive secret download links for new crafts, such as the fairy thimble theatre.
Well, I think that this is one of the best craft / project sites on the web, which is why I felt compelled to add it here, and I'm sure you will agree. I hope you have fun making some of the toys.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
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Monday, 16 March 2009
Homemade Finger Paint Recipe Ingredients:
Stir four tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 cup of cornflour together; add two cups of cold water, and heat over a medium heat until the mixture is thick. Then split the mixture and add different coloured food colouring or food colour paste. When it's cold your ready to paint!
Homemade Playdough RecipeIngredients:
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup plain flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
2 tsps cream of tartar
1 tsp food colouring of choice
Place all ingredients into a saucepan and mix well over a low heat. Remove from the heat when it forms a moist dough. Kneed it until smooth. Then once it is cool you are ready to play. Pull out the rolling pin and cookie cutters and have some fun.
If you can't be bothered with all that effort try this:
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
As life progressed so did the toys and by 1632 toys were being sold at market. By the 1700's toy shops were opened selling toys made by local craftsmen. People had money to spend and if they were lucky enough could afford a toy made from wood or fabric. Those who didn't have the money had homemade toys. Suddenly with all the emerging new industries a child's education and happiness became important. Common toys were dolls and musical instruments such as toy drums.
In the 1760's the first toy soldiers were produced in lead and tin, however these did not become popular until the 1800's. By the Victorian period toys were being massed produced and became more affordable. The rise in middle classes and attitudes towards children meant a rise in the toy industry and along came new exciting toys. Victorian children could expect to play with marbles, tops, hoops and skipping ropes. The richer children could have dolls houses and rocking horses in their nursery's. From this era came the legendary Punch and Judy puppets. Many great classic toys arose that people still love and play with today.
Despite all the toys now available most children were poor and had very few toys. They usually played in the streets with what ever they could find.
The twentieth century saw Frank Hornby emerge to create mecanno in 1901 followed by toy cars and trains in 1907. In 1902 the ‘Teddy Bear’ was created when US President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub whilst on a hunting trip.
In the 50's lego was created. Cinema and Tv began to influence the toys being created as it does today. Do any of these names spring to mind? Buck Rodgers, Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben, Turmpton, Magic Roundabout, this list goes on.
space hopper or rubiks cube. Many of these classic, retro and traditional toys are still with us in one form or another.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The Slinky was created in 1943 by a naval engineer named Richard James, from Philadelphia. He was developing a meter designed to monitor horsepower on naval battleships, when a tension spring fell on the floor. He was fascinated by the way the spring kept moving after falling to the ground, and the metal slinky was born!
The next two years was spent developing the classic toy, and it proved an immediate hit, when 400 units were sold at a 90 minute demonstration at Gimbels department store, Pennsylvania in Christmas 1945.
The James Spring & Wire Company was formed soon after, with a working capital af just $500. Each metal springy is made with an astounding 80 feet of wire, and they are now made in Hollidayburg, Pennsylvania, still using the original machinery designed by Richard James.
Richard James left his family and joined a Bolivian religious cult around 1960, leaving the business to his wife and business partner Betty James, who was responsible for the memorable slinky jingle, and TV advertising campain, which you should be able to view below.
Buy the metal Slinky at Toyday.co.uk
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Unfortunately, processing paypal payments was causing technical issues with our afilliate programs, and we sadly had to remove it.
We recently changed our merchant provider from Nochex to Protx (who I would thouroughly recommend to anyone serious about setting up an online shop) and they have the facility to take payments via Paypal, in addition to the regular credit and debit cards. This is also arranged neatly on the same payment screen, and so it is a seamless flow through the checkout process.
So, I am extremely pleased to announce that we can now accept Paypal as a payment method on the Toyday traditional and classic toys website.
(Now all I need to worry about is the accounts but that's a whole other story...)
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