Teddy-Bear Stacking Toy

While back in Wales a few weeks ago I finally got around to photographing a project I’ve been meaning to post about! As anyone who knows me will know…I have a gorgeous little 9 month old nephew called Marley and this was his Christmas present. As he was 6 months old at the time I wanted to make him something to suit his developmental stage and after a bit of research found stacking toys are perfect for that age, good for hand-eye co-ordination and fun too!

So, myself and the very talented wood carver and turner Sean Milne set out on a collaboration to make this rather elaborate stacking toy. I must say, I think the wooden teddy-bear really makes it! Sean is available for carving commissions and is also a rather fine watercolour painter/illustrator – take a look at his website here.

six ring stacking toy with hand carved teddy-bear head and turned curved base

The base is rounded so the ted can rock about a bit, while also being sanded, varnished with painted with child friendly paint – so perfect for teething!

one ring…

two rings…

three rings…

four!

five rings…

six rings…

well…just six rings!

The rings are all stuffed with wadding so are firm but squidgy-soft and all have various interesting textures, colours and features for added interest. Hundreds of multi-coloured french knots make an interesting bumpy texture on one, while jingly bells, sparkly bits and fluffy fake fur are great to play with on others.
At the moment Marley is still a bit small to stack them up, so in the mean time he can just enjoy playing with the rings separately until the stacking can begin!

 

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