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Ball and Cup Toy

The Ball and Cup Toy, often called "Ball in a Cup" is a traditional children's toy. It consist of a wooden cup with a handle (think goblet), from which a ball is attached via string. It is popular in Latin American countries, where it is called balero.

This toy can be made from many different materials but turning one in wood makes for one of the nicest varieties of it. The toy can be made from a single wood or from multiple woods. It's easy and fast to do! The hard part will be in parting with the toy.

 

 Turning a Ball and Cup ToyTurning a Ball and Cup Toy by Bob Hamilton
This video shows you the step by step turning procedure for making a ball and cup toy.

Bob takes us through each step of the process showing all the details to enable us to make this toy for ourselves...

 

Small Parts Regulations - Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years Old by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision
This regulation was created to define a set of rules regarding products intended for children under three. The regulation prevents deaths and injuries from choking on, inhaling, or swallowing small objects they may "mouth".

This document should be mandatory reading for anyone making any objects that may be used or intended for children!!
Here is a more detailed, accompanying document.
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=64b22586d47f20e7468274a7b8c52707&node=16:2.0.1.3.80&rgn=div5

 

 Ball and Cup ToyBall and Cup Toy by Bob Hamilton
Bob Hamilton does a great job with this photo tutorial on how to make both the goblet-like cup and the ball in this old-fashioned play toy. Bob even provides assembly tips, thankfully because I would have never thought of how to do this easily!!

This is one of those timeless toys that children of all ages will enjoy.

 

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