Beth's horse-loving daughters were craving a play stable for the holidays and spotted one in a catalog they were keen on. Beth and her husband liked the idea, but thought they could make something even more versatile and with easily obtained materials. So, with the help of a sister-in-law who pitched in, they made a tabletop playscape with a paddock, pond and "gravel" riding area - ride 'em cowboy!
If this intrigues you, but your kids aren't into horses this simple, open design lends itself to all kinds of play scenarios. Beth reports that she's "already watched as it changed over from paddock to a savannah - giraffes, baboons, lions and tigers have all had a drink at the cool waters edge."
Normally a toy this large would scare this apartment dweller off, but since it's flat and only an inch or two deep, it could easily be stowed behind the couch or in a closet when not in use.
You can see more photos, read about the materials used and how Beth's husband and his sister put this fantastic playscape together on Beth's blog, At the End of this Row (hint: great inspiration for knitters here!)