The Guild is expanding our toys for kids program to be a year-round event and one where members can make toys in their own shops. This is an addition to our annual group toy build which we do each fall. Toys we make will be distributed through agencies of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Scottish Rite Hospital, and others.

Watch a short video of a happy child with his new doggy pull-toy

Overview of the Making and Donating Toys for Kids program

Click here for a brief overview, guidelines, and tips as a downloadable pdf.

Or follow these step by step instructions on how you can get involved!
 
Step 1 - Pick toys from our list to make
Click on a toy below that is marked "OK for donated toys" and the link will take you to a description of each including a picture of the completed toy, materials list, instructions, and a pattern which you can download and print at home.
Animal Puzzles
(do not use for donated toys)
Animal Puzzles
Car Transporter
(OK for donated toys)
Car Transporter
Counting Shapes
(do not use for donated toys)
Counting Shapes
Dog Pull Toy
(OK for donated toys)Counting Shapes
Flatbed Truck
(OK for donated toys)
Flatbed Truck
Model-T Truck
(OK for donated toys)
Model-T
Packing Puzzle
(OK for donated toys)
Packing Puzzle
Sitting Bear
(OK for donated toys)
Sitting Bear
Small Truck
(OK for donated toys)
Small Truck
Sports Car
(OK for donated toys)
Sports Car
Train Engine
(OK for donated toys)
Train Engine

Step 2 - Create your own toy (optional, not for donated toys)
Modify a design to fit your preference, or if you have an idea for a different toy, make it. When you are done, give us a picture, list of materials, instructions, and plans. We will add it to our list of toys.

Step 3 - Acquire materials
We are looking for members to acquire their own materials for these projects. For most of these toys, you probably have materials in your shop already. Some require wheels, pegs, or other components. You can find those at a local craft store or through Amazon. Please read the "Overview" document above for specific materials required for donated toys.

Step 4 - Make multiples
Especially for the simpler toys, make a dozen. Once you are set up to make a cut or drill some holes, it is quick to make multiples.

Step 5 ­- Apply finish 
Shellac is suggested as a finish as it is easy to apply with a brush, cloth, or spray. If you have components for which some surfaces will be not be accessible after assembly (like the inside of wheels), finish those before assembly. Do not use any finish for donated toys.

Step 6 - Tell us when you have completed your toys
When you are completed, click the link HERE and we will coordinate pick up with you.