This is the second in John Gleeson Connolly's series on handmade toys. The same technique can be applied to make any number of objects with plywood - magic wands, swords, treasure coins. Happy woodworking!
I hadn't had much sleep...in months. Groggy, bordering on delirious, I was straightening up the house and found myself standing in the middle of the living room frozen, staring down at the small, fluffy toy in my hand. What was that? Does that belong to the cat...or the baby? My weary brain couldn't solve this seemingly simple problem so I tossed it aside for another day. Since that time the mental fog of new parenthood has lifted, but occasional confusion between pet and baby toys has remained. Think I'm being ridiculous? Okay, smarty pants, try for yourself.
Back in January we featured this fantastic DIY tablecloth playhouse. As simple as it seems maybe you, like me, just don't have the spare time at the end of the day to get behind a sewing machine. Still, that doesn't mean we need to miss out on the joys of a playhouse that can be folded away and tucked into that tiny space left in the family linen closet, right? Here are 5 terrific tablecloth playhouses that busy Moms and Dads can buy, rather than DIY.
If you've got a family in a small space, you know the feeling of needing to make every space count. That includes even the smallest, most overlooked spaces in your home: like hallways. But hallways have plenty of potential: especially when it comes to potential for playtime! Here are just five ideas we've rounded up for you of how you and yours might like to play in the hall: perhaps you could to add your own?
I've said before, I'm a sucker for miniatures. As a corollary to that truth, I'm also fascinated by details, and the tinier, the better. So imagine the "Squee!" that escaped from my lips when I found this amazing handmade quiet book. The skill in the detailing is truly hard to believe. And it makes me want to spend hours making one of my own.
We've been stuck in the house for the past few days as it's rained buckets outside. It's times like these that we have to get creative with the kids to avoid some serious cabin fever. One thing we always come back to is the cardboard box. My daughter could play with one for hours! So here are fifteen fun toys you can make with cardboard for your rainy day emergency use...
Olive from Mr Printables created this haunted doll house for Halloween. He suggests plywood or recycled cardboard for the house, and uses clothes pins for the spooky peg dolls. See more pictures and find the tutorial below.
This recent post is proof: there are so many beautiful, colorful kitchens in the world. Why should grown-ups have all the fun? If you have a time-worn, kid-weary kitchen, then perhaps this could be just the inspiration you need to give it a brand new coat of paint? Here are some colorful options for kids.