Wooden Cars, Trucks and Tractors

Making Wooden Toys

The UPS truck showed up with several large packages that need to be signed for. We waited eagerly for dad to open them, since they were addressed to him . What could they be? No one was having a birthday.

Soon dad came in from the field and quickly opened the boxes to display a scroll saw and belt sander. He made room for them in the shop and taught my brother and I the safety rules. We took turns learning to use them, breaking a few scroll saw blades in the process.

A few days late another box arrived. This on was full of wheels and pegs of all different sizes. In the bottom of the box was a book full of wooden toy patterns. We spent the next few months working with dad to create wooden toys for all of our cousins and siblings. He did the cutting and gluing, while we sanded and polished. It was a Christmas I will never forget.

Wooden Cars

It never ceases to amaze me at how loved wooden toys are. My children have several, and these cars get taken everywhere. They are always out, being zoomed across the kitchen floor or off of the coffee table.

The wooden cars are the first to be sold when the game has a car lot in it. They are the first choice of something to bring when we travel.

Some days it is the Automoblox that get drug everywhere, the mix and match parts being exchanged to make new and different cars.  Some days it is the simple homemade ones with their natural finishes.  Other days, it is the simple little one that they have had for years that go zooming all around the house. 

Wooden Trucks

Recently I asked my almost four year old what he would like for his birthday. He ran to his room and came back with a favorite wooden car, stating, "More of these!"

Wooden toys would make an easy gift! I went on a quest to find a source of wooden cars that were different from the ones we already had. I wanted something that would add to their games, increase the imagination. I wanted something different from what I had found before.

I also wanted something durable, knowing that what ever I got must be ready to go from the garden to the bathtub, and last generations!

Looking over my children's toy supply, I realized that they had very few trucks, other than Tonkas. I searched and found that there are a number of smaller scale wooden trucks available. Now, the question is: Service vehicles or construction equipment?

Construction Equipment

As I searched on-line, for the perfect gift for my four year old, I was struck by the bright colors and variety of the construction equipment. The games such toys would inspire!

Already my boys love to build roads in the garden and on the carpet, drawing lines with their hands. What would they do if they had road building equipment?

I can just imagine them working together to design four-lane highways through the cities and little country roads that lead off to farm houses and barns.

Wooden Tractors

 It wasn't until I thought of barns and farms that tractors came to mind. 

These delightful little tractors all feature moving parts.  The trailer is detachable, while the forklift and bulldozer move up and down.  Now what child doesn't like to scoop and dump?  What farm is complete without such equipment?

I think I will get grandpa to build a new wooden barn!

Ivorwen, 2009.

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Putz Ballard 7 years ago

I bought an old wooden car at a yard sle some time ago. Great toys but mine had some issues and wasn't suitable for my grandsons. I don't evenknow what I did with it. Great hub!

Robeert Ballard


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Robert! My husband has a few tractors his grandfather made that are kept on a high shelf, since they are too fragile for children.


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

I love these stories! They make me want to go make some wooden toys for me - never mind the children!


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I know what you mean, Joy. I don't think wooden toys are all about children! Maybe that is why I am having such a hard time deciding what to get my little guy... :D


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LiftedUp 7 years ago from Plains of Colorado

What is there about wooden toys? I have a sister who makes part of her living from selling auction finds on-line, and sometimes I am the recipient of some not-perfect-enough-to-sell items. Such was the case with the set of wooden Fisher Price pull ducks that now occupy a shelf in my living room, and Wobbles the dog, which has been a favorite with the grandchildren. They are treasurable items, and I was interested to see the selection above. Thanks for showing them to us!


badcompany77 7 years ago

Couldn't read the hub, twas too busy looking at that stunner on yer profile !!!


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thanks BC. I'm flattered.

Lifted Up, I don't know what it is about wooden toys, but they do seem to grab the imaginations and hearts of young and old alike.


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Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

good hub.. wooden toys looks always attractive and b'ful .. loking forward to read more hubs from you ..


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Clara.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

I like this toys very much. It looks natural. Wood is the best material and safe for children.


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

I like wooden toys too. Maybe too much. It was hard narrowing my choice down. I am glad my children finds them attractive too.


Tractor 7 years ago

Cool we make some wooden toys with Lasers, er we cut the wood


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

DO you have a place where you show any of them off? I have never seen toys made with lasers! I am much more familiar with jig saws and band saws.


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Gabriella D'Anton 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

Your writing brings wooden toys to life and that is what I appreciate most; I could almost feel it and smell it and taste it. THAT makes you a good writer


logic,commonsense 7 years ago

There are few things more satisfying than creating items for others to enjoy. Over the years I have built many toys and toy related items and found it more rewarding to see the delight in their eyes than most anything I have done!

Thanks for sharing! It is refreshing to see children enjoy the simple toys over the electronic ones.


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Gabriella!

I agree logic,commonsense. I love watching children and adults enjoy homemade gifts. It is so much fun to watch them enjoy something carefully made just for them.


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Margaridab 6 years ago from Lyon, France

nice toys. I love wood crafts and toys.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder Author

Thank you Margaridab.

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