After transforming a drawing by a four-year-old boy into a stuffed toy, Wendy Tsao began turning other children's two-dimensional artwork into three-dimensional playthings. Tsao's since founded Child's Own Studios, a website where she builds toys based exactly on kids' illustrations. The results are charming and β€” given your average child's grasp of anatomy β€” extraordinarily surreal. Tsao's crafted dozens of trippy toys, and here's but a small sampling. The above illustration is "Dad" by 7-year-old Soren.

Luke Skywalker by 5-year-old Archer.

A monster by 33-month-old Bryce.


"Stobbayew" the six-legged, egg-laying bunny by 4-year-old Maya.

A four-armed robot by 4-year-old Cole.


A dinosaur by 5-year-old Ollie.

By 5-year-old Mirza.


"Mom" by 7-year-old Soren.

By 3-year-old Romi.


A dog by 5-year-old Alex.

A monster by 5-year-old Connor.


By 3-year-old Elizabeth.

A bunny by 8-year-old Avery.


A unicorn by 5-year-old Isabella.

Bodger by 4-year-old Tiger.


A puppy by 4-year-old Kennedy.

A porcupine by 5-year-old Ethan.


A monster by 8-year-old Jacob.

A man by 3-year-old Aidan.

If you're a gift-giving adult (or a child who's way too young to be reading this website, we cuss occasionally around here), you can commission your own stuffed toy over at Child's Own. There's also a ton of other wacky playthings at Tsao's Flickr account. For a similarly minded project, see The Monster Engine, where Dave Devries gives kids' doodles the epic portrait treatment.


[Today I Learned via ffffound]