What is my fascination with old wood toys?
Is it their simplicity?
The smooth feel of the wood? Or maybe the rich colors that were used to paint them.
And if tin and metal components are attached, it just adds to the old-fashioned feel.
This game reminds me of the Test-Your-Strength games at the carnivals. Go ahead and click the pictures for even yummier close-ups!
I know this came out blurry, but I wanted to show you what happens when you hit the bottom see-saw with the hammer. The head splits from the body and shoots up the pole to ring the bell. Just like in the carnival, you have to hit it hard enough to ring the bell.
Here's another old wood toy that was made in France.
Love this rusty bell!
Chippy and distressed.
It was once a pull-toy. It reminds me of a lighthouse.
This old sewing machine is a mixture of plastic and wood and probably not as old as the other toys.
Just like a real machine, you turn the wheel and it lifts the wooden needle up and down.
While doing this, the happy face also rises and lowers along with the monkey below. Nicolai was always mesmerized by how the inside parts worked together. That's another aspect I love about old toys - the kids were taught cause and effect. They could see how one part controls another and how they all work together. I guess you can get the same thing from Angry Birds today, but I stand by these old toys!
Another favorite. Every time a donut is put on the pole, it rings the bell.
Even though Mary and Nic have long since outgrown this particular toy, whenever I talk about selling it, I get a unanimous, "Nooooooooo!"
And how many of these did we see growing up?
Hit the metal piece with the hammer and it makes a sound...a different sound according to its size and color. Another great teaching tool.
Mary had to hand make a musical instrument for class. Not being musically inclined in the least, I took my inspiration from this old xylophone. We made our own using wood planks and to my surprise, it worked, even though it was wood and not metal. It had to do with the width of the wood and not having anything underneath it. See that? Even at 43, I'm still learning basics!
Still going through old toys. It's almost springtime and I love a good spring cleaning! Maybe I can talk the kids into letting a couple of these go, but first, I've got to convince myself!