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Table of Contents
                            NEUFELD_Toys That Teach_077973
	Front Cover
	Contents
	Introduction
	Making Toys That Teach
	Fraction Circles
	Pattern Blocks
	Big Beads
	Bead Board
	Attribute Dominoes
	Shape Puzzle Box
	Stacking Pyramid
	The Ultimate Building Block Set
	Puzzle Train
	Sources
	further reading
	bibliography
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M A K I N G TOYS
T H A T TEACH

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will be fitted to your tapered pillar, so accuracy is
not as important as squareness.

7. Round the corners slightly (1⁄16 in. to 1⁄32 in.
radius) except for the end where the pillar will
attach to the base.

8. Lay out for the stacking blocks on the pillar. Do
this by measuring 3⁄4-in. increments up from the
bottom. Draw lines across, indicating where the dif-
ferent blocks should fit. You will use these lines
later to file the square holes to the correct size,
allowing each block to slide down at least as far as
the corresponding line.

Stacking
Blocks and Base
Each block is a 3⁄4-in.-thick square, with a square
hole in the center. The base is a similar block but
without the hole. The blocks need to fit with either
side up, so the holes are angled from the top and
from the bottom. This is actually easier than
designing them to fit from one side only.

1. Lay out the outside sizes for all the square
blocks and for the base, all on 3⁄4-in.-thick wood. For
this project, I have alternated light and dark wood.
Do not lay out the square holes yet. Reference all
the layout lines from a straight, planed edge. Use a
square and ruler to get all measurements from this
true surface.

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Pillar

Square
(side view)

Square
(side view)

BLOCK AND PILLAR ALIGNMENT

Incorrect

Correct

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Stacking Pyramid 67

STACKING BLOCK LAYOUT

Top view

Stacking
block 1

Front view

Stacking
block 2

Stacking
block 3

Stacking
block 4

Stacking
block 5

Stacking
block 6

Note: All stacking blocks
are 3⁄4-in. thick and are
square when viewed
from the top (like the
top view of the small
layer above).

11/16"
25/32"

11/2"

27/32"
15/16"

2"

1"

11/16"

17/32"

15/32"

13/8"

19/32"

117/32"

17/16"

21/2"

3"

31/2"

4"

3/4"

3/4"

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CRAFTS & HOBBIES

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Les Neufeld, also the author of Tremendous Toy
Trucks, is a woodworker with degrees in Education and
Curriculum/Instructional Materials. For the past 20 years
he has taught technical courses to secondary students,
teachers, and other adults. He has also written many
instructional materials for school districts across Canada.
He lives in Quesnel, British Columbia.

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Author photo by Dennis Siemens

T hese toys are not just fun for kids, they also teach basic motor skills, color matching, organizing by size and shape, and problem solving.
They will provide hours of creative enjoyment for any child. Step-by-step

instructions, with detailed photos and drawings, make it easy

for anyone to make toys that will be treasured for

generations to come.

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