kid’s book we love: joel henrique’s ‘made to play’

We’ve written before about how much we love Made By Joel’s, Joel Henrique’s website that features his charming handmade children’s toys. This October 11th will mark the release of Joel’s first book, Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations.The book compiles a number of great toy-making and craft projects for children and their parents. Categorized by fun themes (The Zoo! Cars and trucks! Music and art! Dress-up!), most of the projects use ordinary crafting materials, like paper, fabric, tape and glue to make versatile and simple toys that kids can be proud they had a hand in making. Many of Joel’s creations are appealing to grownups as well.

We’re smitten with Joel’s simple modernist wooden dollhouse and paper dollhouse furniture, so something tells us that the “Play House” section of the book will be our favorite.

Some projects require more parent involvement and special woods and wires, but the result is far better than what you’ll find in a toy store. There’s something in his style that reminds us of Picasso, Miro, and Calder.

Take a look inside, here. Or pre-order from Amazon to get it shipped free on October 11th.

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