I love train sets, but we don't use ours nearly as much as we could — mostly due to the hassle of setting it up and the inability to leave it up (lest someone trip and fall.) This solution is the perfect answer to the sprawling train set dilemma!
A play table is a great resource for all kinds of toys, like trains, LEGO, blocks, cars or miniature cities. With something so large, though, it can be tough to find a pre-made table with dimensions that fit into your space. If you have some rudimentary carpentry skills, you could build your own with these instructions from The Geodesic Sphere.
I don't know about you, but my daughter and I start to go a little stir crazy at this time of year. We try to get out as much as possible, but sometimes with these short, cold days we can't be out for long. I've been keeping my eye out for inexpensive do-it-yourself ways to have a little fun indoors. Here are some fun and budget-friendly cardboard creations that are sure to keep your little ones entertained during those final weeks of Winter: