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Make a Miniature Rocking Duck Shoofly or Child's Rocker in Dolls House Scales
Miniature rocking duck in dolls house scale with a 1:12 scale Norwich terrier.

Miniature dolls house scale rocking duck or 'shoofly' child's rocking seat shown with a dolls house scale norwich terrier.

Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd

This miniature rocking duck 'shoofly' or rocking seat for a young child set between shaped panels, was a popular toy for myself and my siblings, and for my own young children. This dolls house scale version is based on the measurements from the original, which was a popular home built toy in the 1940's and 1950's.

Diagrams for the parts for this duck are available in 1:6 (playscale or fashion doll scale), 1:12, 1:24 and 1:48 scale.

To build the miniature version of the rocking duck you will need:

  • Thin Wood For the Sides and Seat - You can also use stiff card or bookboard (Davey Board) - for a 1:12 scale version I used 1:16 inch x 3 inch craft wood (basswood).
  • A Short Piece of Dowel - or a rounded toothpick or skewer, depending on the scale you are building.
  • Glue - Carpenter's wood glue or white PVA glue work fine for this project
  • Acrylic Paints - in your choice of colors. I used two shades of yellow, black and white for this duck.
  • Sharp Craft Knife - to cut out the pieces.
  • Fine Sandpaper.
  • Pencil or Embossing tool - to transfer markings.
  • Printable Parts Sheet - See next pages for links to printable sheets in various scales.

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