Wooden Slot Animals Set

Yesterday I made some more wooden animals so there would be a complete set.  The parts are interchangeable, so it’s possible to make many different creatures.  I had a lot of fun trying them out before the kids got up from their nap.

Also, a lot of people have asked what I finish my wooden pieces with.  I use a food grade bees wax polish by Three BEEautiful Bees.  You can buy it here, and many other places.  Just rub it on with your fingers.  It’s great for the skin, and smells like honeycomb.


  1. naa
    June 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    this toys are so wonderful... I bet they made your kids happy. :)

  2. Lise
    June 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    These are wonderful!

    1. September 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

      every nice wooden animal

  3. Phyllis
    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    What wonderful toys. I love simple toys that encourage imagination. I love your blog! It is a blessing.

  4. suprlipopette
    June 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Awesome, as always !!! A great pleasure to look at...

  5. Helmi
    June 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    These toys are great.
    grt. Helmi

  6. vintage for kids
    June 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    They are fabulous !

  7. Joel Henriques
    June 18, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Thanks everybody!

  8. Kickcan and Conkers
    June 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Love them!

  9. fridica
    June 18, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Oooooh I want some for myself, they look like so much fun to play with!

  10. Make mine Mid-Century
    June 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Love them! Fabulous and fun, and would look great just sitting around!

  11. suna
    June 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    quit having so much fun!!!!

  12. Cheryl Arkison
    June 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    These are awesome. You have a very FUN house!

  13. Cheryl Arkison
    June 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    These are awesome. You have a very FUN house!

  14. Anonymous
    June 20, 2010 at 1:42 am

    What kind of wood did you use? Love this idea! Going to try and get my husband to try these out....Renee

  15. Joel Henriques
    June 20, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Anonymous - The wood I used is just a thin plywood. You can find small sheets of it at almost any lumber store. It's also very easy to cut. You could use a hand coping saw, but I used an old electric scroll saw. You could also use a jig saw or whatever you want. Scroll saws are great though for this sort of thing.

  16. Ainsley
    June 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

    After seeing your first one I did a few of these myself last week, we made an elephant, a giraffe and a zebra.

  17. Joel Henriques
    June 20, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Ainsley - Cool! Let me know if you take a photo, so I can see it on your blog. The animals you chose sound great!

  18. Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    So cute!!!!!!!

  19. Sharolyn
    June 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Joel,
    It seems like your children must be spoilt for lovely things to play with. Do they have favourite older toys you've made that they always go back to? I'm also curious, do you try and pass on or recycle old toys as you make more, or do you have an ever-increasing collection that you just keep adding to? Thanks for sharing. Sharolyn

  20. Joel Henriques
    June 27, 2010 at 5:58 am


    Sharolyn - Good questions. Yes, the kids have favorite toys. A lot of the favorites are soft sewn toys like my dolls and animals because they like to sleep with them every night. They also love the yo yo balls quite a bit.

    And yeah, I have a lot of nieces and nephews so they get toys too, but I do have a very large drawer in my studio where I put toys that are out of rotation.

  21. Sharolyn
    June 27, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for taking the time to answer Joel, appreciate the comment too :)

  22. jagulor
    June 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Fantastic Joel, you have really been making some very relaxed conceptual objects for your children. I just blogged about your work. I find you very inspiring are excited you have a book deal, and love how others are contributing. I am a teacher and love the way the trees idea was adapted for kids. Well done Joel.

    PS: My blog (((((((((((((((((( lalahiprism.blogspot.com ))))))))))))))))))))

    xx Kym

  23. Joel Henriques
    June 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks jagulor!

  24. melissa
    June 30, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I LOVE these!

  25. Shari
    July 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    My kiddos are all teens now, but this blog makes me ache for my toddlers again-reading it and looking at these pictures creates a blissful melting pot of memories within me. A transcendental state of pure joy of which I could stay in for hours. Thank you, please keep creating this magical environment.It is touching. I will be following this blog and look forward to seeing even more wonderful ideas.

  26. elsabags
    July 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

    you need to sell these to a modern kid store. they are fab!

  27. jeremiahsniece
    August 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    we just made a set of these for my nephew! thanks! you can see them on my blog, I put a link to your blog and this post :)


  28. Joel Henriques
    August 15, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Thanks everybody!

    elsabags - I'm working on it!

    jeremiahsniece - you did a fantastic job making those! very nice!

  29. katka
    August 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Man, you are a genius. I have just discovered your blog and now wish I had kids so that I could try all of your stuff with them :D

  30. Anonymous
    September 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    soooooooooooooooooooooo cute

  31. Aly
    October 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I am your newest FAN and am soooo excited about your wonderful ideas for our two littlies! I've just read through this year's whole blog and still have all of 2009 to read! YEAH!!

  32. Heather
    April 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hey! I was just wondering how deep are the slots you made? They look great!

    1. April 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks everyone! Heather - It varies on each animal, but basically, the slots are half the length of the entire joint. (if that makes sense.) Just try it out, and experiment, and you'll see very quickly. It's really easy.

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  34. katie
    December 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

    we are making slot toys at school ( i am in y8) and your site has given me inspiration of what to do

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