Let me introduce " Yoshi " to you. He is made from discarded building material, except for his mane , tail, and eyelashes. The plans were purchased several years ago, and I made it for my grand-daughter, who was 2 years old at the time. It was finished with oak stain and some paint at strategic spots where necessary such as on the hooves.
She named it "Yoshi" after, you guessed it, after the Mario Brother's loyal steed. She played on it until she outgrew it and it now resides in my sons attic waiting patiently for the next rider.