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An inspiring workshop in Mandurah makes wooden toys for the community

An inspiring workshop in Mandurah makes wooden toys for the community

Kim's Toyboys make fine wooden toys for the community. The group began in 1999 and was started by Kim Butcher. Kim's role was later taken on by John Boulton.

John took Everything Mandurah for a tour through the John Tonkin Tindale Campus workshop. John's enthusiasm is infectious! Below is a picture of one of the storage rooms, which houses toys that will later be painted. The work the 'boys' do is truly amazing.

They are around 35 volunteers at Kim's Toyboys who are all over 60, that work to produce handcrafted wooden toys for children. The oldest members of the group are 82 whilst most of the volunteers are in their 70's.

Paul Ellis makes exceptional doll's houses. He is pictured here with a wooden frame which will be painted and turned into every little girl's ultimate dolls house! Below are pictures of a completed house. Paul buys the designs for the doll's houses from America. The plans alone cost around $100!

Kim's Toyboys will be at the Mandurah Children's Festival on Sunday 25th October at the Rotunda on the Eastern Foreshore. The group give away thousands of wooden toys at the festival which is a free event for all ages.

If you would like to get in contact with Kim's Toyboys click here to head to their Facebook Page.

If you would like to know more about the Mandurah Children's Festival click here to go to the City of Mandurah website.

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