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How to Make a Fun Kids' Pull Toy

By Maria Magher ; Updated April 18, 2017
Pull toys can be simple or complex, depending on their design.

Pull toys are timeless toys, and many people have fond memories of playing with them as children. Creating your own pull toy is a great way to give your child special memories of fun with a classic toy that was made with love. There are many different ways to create pull toys, depending on the style you prefer or the functionality you want it to have, such as moving in a zigzag pattern. However, a simple wooden platform on wheels is enough to create a basic pull toy without a lot of materials or tools.

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Sand a 3-by-5-by-1/2-inch piece of lightweight wood with fine-grit sandpaper. You can buy precut wood from a craft store, or you can ask to have a piece of wood cut for you at a home improvement store. This is the base of the pull toy.

Drill four holes in the side of the base for the wheel axles.

Paint the wooden base and the four wooden wheels with an acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice. You can use a different color for the base and the wheels if you prefer. Wait for the paint to dry before moving onto the next step.

Add a dab of wood glue to the ends of the wooden wheel axles and push them into the holes you drilled.

Once the glue dries, attach the wooden wheels to the axles.

Glue the stuffed animal or figurine of your choosing to the top of the base with a hot glue gun.

Drill a hole between the two front wheels from the top to the bottom of the base. The hole should go all the way through the wood.

Thread the string through the hole and tie a loop. Tie the other end of the string through a large wooden bead.

Things You Will Need

  • 3-by-5-by-1/2-inch piece of lightweight wood, such as poplar or balsa
  • 4 wooden wheels
  • 4 1/4-inch wooden wheel axles
  • Drill
  • 3/16 drill bit
  • Wood glue
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Stuffed animal or figurine
  • Hot glue gun
  • 12-inch piece of sturdy string
  • Large wooden bead


Choose a bigger or smaller piece of wood for your base to change the size of your toy.

You can make your own stuffed toy or figurine from papier mache or a blank wooden form if you want the whole toy to be customized.

The wheels can be whatever size or thickness you like to create the look you want.


Do not attach a rope that is longer than 12 inches as this can create a safety hazard.

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About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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