Making wooden toys is really fun.
Toys present a classic design problem. “What makes a car look like a car?” “What makes a truck look like a truck?” When I design a toy, I try to remove as much as possible from the design and still make it resemble the object in question.
I believe kids like toys that resemble the real world. That’s why Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars are so fascinating. For some reason many toys now are not proportioned like the real objects they are made to resemble. Airplanes have stubby wings, cars are too short, etc.