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This is a Jack in the Box that I made a couple of years ago. It is also a puzzle as each side has a drop in panel that has marquetry on both sides. Of the eight pictures, there are two each of the four characters and there are also two background colours and two background patterns (radial and concentric)
This is obviously a toy to be used with some degree of parental supervision, but should keep any child (and maybe some parents too) amused watching, manipulating the panels, finding matches in different ways.
On the simplest level it’s just a Jack in the Box with some parts you can move around. The ribbons will always line up. Then you (sorry, your child) can try to get all the colors to match, or all the grains, or both.
There are only two ways to assemble the panels where all the background grains and colors will match and no picture will be showing twice. I think that means that there are 30 ways to get it wrong, but I’m not a mathematician.
All gluing is done with hide glue (edible if not tasty) and the finish is shellac (same) so when the child tires of playing with it he / she can eat it.
Thanks for looking
-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.
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