Here are some projects I’ve seen on Pinterest (or pinned myself) that I’ve been wanting to make for the kids. Maybe this will motivate me to get to work on some of them.
This train table from the blog Delightful Order was made from a used coffee table. She nailed down a Melissa and Doug set so it would stay kaput. I don’t have any train-crazed kids like some, but they both like trains, and my 4 yr old can play with a set for hours.
Over on the Come Together Kids blog is a really neat and cheap idea for a DIY sprinkler. This looks like it would be a lot of fun, and would be sturdier and last longer than the plastic versions you can buy at the big box stores.
I wanted to make this tire rocker/teeter totter a while back, but my kids aren’t really little enough for it. Now that I have a baby on the way, it’s back on the “to do” list, especially since there’s no shortage of old tires dumped off in the woods near my house. The link won’t take you to a tutorial, but there is a tutorial over at Sweet Teal.
The link takes you to the Cedar Works company website, but I can’t seem to find the swing on it. Either way, I think it would be pretty easy to duplicate with an old skateboard. It looks like it would be awesome!
This fold down desk/art table from Ana White is genius. I could make one for each kid, at their respective height, and actually have room for it in their tiny bedroom. She has plans up to build it from scratch, but I think it could work as a revamped, used kitchen cabinet. Maybe when the hubs has some time off, I’ll see if he’ll take on the project with me.
This idea for a DIY play stove from Ikea Hackers is one of my favorites I’ve seen. It’s super simple, made from a stool or end table, and they can use real dishes for it. This is the sort of thing I could actually make without crying halfway through, and I think it would get hours of use.
I’ll let you know if I get any of them done soon. Have you made any cool toys or games for your kids lately? I’d love to see some pics! Feel free to post links in the comments.