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DIY Toymaking in These Our Modern Times

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Written by Alisha K. | September 2, 2009

Once upon a time, making a toy was as simple as whittling a rough shape in a piece of wood, or tying a few rags together. Today? You’ve got to have LEDs and microchips up in that business. And you thought all those batteries were complicated.

diy toy light

Using a hodgepodge of items, like an Altoids tin, and enough coding knowledge to get the job done, father and DIYer Paulbo put together a homemade traffic light for his daughters to use when they played with their toy cars.

As neat as this project is (and neat is really an understatement, all I can think is: please don’t let my car enthusiast toddler see this. Mommy doesn’t even have the mint tin, much less any sort of ability to wire things together.

[via MAKE]