Wooden Slot Animal

I’ve always liked the simplicity of things that fit together with slots. Yesterday I made this little wooden toy. I think I should make more animals with interchangeable pieces so people could make their own creations. My son had fun playing with this one though. He especially liked peeping through the eye hole.


  1. Secret Mommy
    June 4, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Oh, that's a cute pic of him peeping through the eye hole! :)

  2. Aubrey
    June 4, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Joel, I think you are amazing... it is the first time I have made a comment although I almost always read your blog. The things you do are so simple and yet fantastic and your children are so lucky to have a dad as talented as you. Thankyou for sharing thes ideas with all of us.

  3. modernmaam
    June 4, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Ooh yes. I think the mixing and matching idea is great! Little frankenanimals! My husband had a great idea about sanding the leg corners so they may left and right a bit. Hmm. Maybe I need to get him a tablesaw...;)

  4. Deborah
    June 4, 2010 at 1:22 am

    You are marvellous.

  5. n. davis rosback
    June 4, 2010 at 1:39 am

    that's the trick, you see
    you think it is an animal
    when really it's a eye peeper

  6. Trista
    June 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Enjoy your projects and also your great photos!

  7. Lori Henriques
    June 4, 2010 at 3:14 am

    totally agree with n. davis rosback! the true beauty of this is that you made it so simple that one can turn it into something else entirely!

    (nice poem by NDR, and nearly a haiku. lovely.)

    LOVE the toy, LOVE the photos!

  8. Joel Henriques
    June 4, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Thanks for the really nice comments. Very kind!

    modernmaam - yeah, it's amazing what ideas start coming to you when you have a little saw. you should get your husband one. this wood is so thin though, that even a hand coping saw would easily cut it. An electric scroll saw is what I use though, and it took a couple of minutes to cut this out.

    Thanks again everyone.

  9. le chat qui coud
    June 4, 2010 at 5:35 am

    how fun!

  10. Junko
    June 4, 2010 at 5:42 am

    wonderful. your creaions are really nice.

  11. Mammagiramondo.
    June 4, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Simple and great!!! Have a lovely weekend!

  12. Make mine Mid-Century
    June 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Genius! Genius! Genius! I could just imagine a set of these being pulled out of a Santa's sack. How lovely.

  13. PaaPii
    June 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Greetings from Finland :)

    I just found your blog and I'm loving it! All those nice things you have made for your children!

  14. modernmaam
    June 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    oops! "rock!" I meant to say, so they may ROCK left and right. Thanks for the tips on the saws! I'm going to check some out!

  15. amberlee
    June 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Lovely. How are you finishing the wooden pieces, just with mineral oil?

  16. Joel Henriques
    June 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    amberlee - I use an awesome food grade bees wax polish by Three BEEautiful Bees. I use it on almost all of my wood toys for kids. You can buy it here.

    modernmaam - Ahh, I like that idea! I'm going to have to make a pair of rocking legs too! Cool.

  17. Alexandra Durão
    June 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    So cute :--)

  18. Susan
    June 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Yes, just genius. I want to try all your projects at once, I can't decide what to make first!!

  19. Trula
    June 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    This looks beautiful. I don't know why, but I think her name is Ada.

  20. Joel Henriques
    June 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks so much!

    Trula - Yeah, I think Ada suits her perfectly. Nice!

  21. Stephanie
    July 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I love this! Do you have a shop?

  22. Joel Henriques
    July 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks Stephanie. I don't have a shop, but some things are in the works.

  23. Anonymous
    August 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Dear Joel,
    I like your work very much, but have you seen this :
    http://www.momoll.com/enzo-E.php ?
    Best regards

  24. Joel Henriques
    August 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I've seen lots of other cardboard or fabric versions of slot animal toys, but I hadn't seen these Enzo Mari inspired ones. Very cool! Thanks for the link!

  25. Joel Henriques
    August 10, 2010 at 6:21 am
  26. ♥ meninheira ♥
    August 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    We makes something inspiring in this, look: http://dalleuncolinho.blogspot.com/2010/08/jirafa-de-carton.html
    I hope you like it :)


  27. Joel Henriques
    August 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    ♥ meninheira ♥ - I love your giraffe! Very nice! Yes, cardboard works very well for slotted toys too. Good one!

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