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How Do Pull Along Toys Work

Pull along toys toys are fabulous fun for babies and toddlers! They are also great exercise for helping your child learn to walk. In this article we elaborate how do pull along toys work and how they are made.

Published on: February 10 2010 | Views:311
How Do Pull Along Toys Work

How are Pull Along Toys Made?

A toy a child can steer around needs a body that heads a direction, wheels to roll on and a string to be led by. The work of making pull toys has been done since the Romans gave their children pull toys. Using a pattern to form wood into a duck, horse or train takes only the patient work to complete a series of steps. The toy making begins with a drawing on paper and ends with an elementary assembly ready to roll.

Toy makers work with a few simple things. A pencil and paper are enough for design and layout on wood. A saw to cut hard woods, like maple and birch, does most the work. For a few holes, a wood worker can use a hand drill. The pieces the craftsman makes are simply toy body parts, wheels, axels, pegs and a string with a ball near the end. A little sanding with sandpaper gives the toy enough smoothness for play.

Pull Along Toys Layout the Design

Craftsmen make a pull along toy design by placing well measured shapes of body parts and wheels on a grid on paper. The shape, with the section contours to cut, stand out clearly on the white background. During design, the toy maker uses grid lines as guides for measuring the planned wood cuts at places in the shape and as convenient boxes to look at individual sections. The lines also make it easy to align the body parts and wheels, and place the pegs in the right place. On the design, a careful craftsman makes a special layout for the string.

The Toy's Shape and Body

The saw forms the shapes for the toy body. A toy maker first places the paper design onto wood boards for body parts and pieces. With clear lines, he makes patient cuts along the layout shapes. Holes through the body and parts prepare the toy body for assembly. Peg work for eyes or a characteristic mark, the string and the attached parts complete the body work. Sanding refines the surfaces on the parts and pieces so each has the smooth form that just fits.

Making the Wheels

More saw work, and round sanding, create good wheels that roll and stop. The toy maker gives a wooden duck or car motion with two to four wheels. One to two axles set the rolling wheels upon the body. And then the hitch, the craftsmen places a short peg inside each wheel to give the wheels a stopping place.

Give the Toy a String

A reliable and sensible string, joined to the front with a peg, turns a shapely animal or vehicle into a pull along plaything. An about 4 foot lead gives the child a handle over the toy's course. For the final touches, the toy maker ties a string upon a long peg set deep into the body, and ties to the end of the string, a ball, for the child's hand.

Author Info:

Adam Benjamin Pollack is a San Diego native dedicated to the great sentences on civil society. He authored the Subchapter S Report to tell legal news for the American Bankers Association. He holds a Juris Doctor from Indiana University and a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.

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