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Climbing Bear

This little climbing bear folk toy has been around for generations. Originally, it was used to teach children the art of milking cows. But in today’s day and age, it’s just plain fun! Pull each of the strings in an alternating pattern and the little bear climbs to the top. Release the strings and he comes back down.

Shopsmith has a pattern and detailed instructions for this cute little toy.They recommend a tilting-table drill press, but a hand drill could be carefully used instead. The angle of the holes should be close to 45 degrees as possible, but it shouldn’t matter if you’re off a little. Just eyeball it and you’ll be fine.

Give this cute little toy a try. They’re easy to make, and will certainly delight young and old alike!

Safety Note: The strings dangle and can become a strangulation hazard for young children. So I’d recommend supervised play with very little ones.

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  • Allison

    Travis, I just left a comment and I do not think it went thru. I just wanted to thank you for the memories this little toy stirred in me. I am heading over to get the pattern as I plan on making one for all 3 of my grandchildren and then one for myself! Thanks!

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