Kids Activity Table ( The kids Love this One ! )

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Project by Goddahavefun posted 07-27-2010 06:20 PM 1962 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table to solve an age old dilema !!! How to keep the kids quite !!
this was built for twin 3 year olds, a boy & a girl, he likes playing with his cars & aeroplane, she likes playing with her farm animals !!! I found the secret to keep them both happy with this table, it is also functional for them to eat their dinner on, because I laquered it so any spills can be wiped up without effecting the top !!

Specs for this as follows !!

Top 1200mm x 600mm ( Particleboard )

Base 350mm high (lowish coffee table height )
please note : The reason I built it that height, is because they are only little 1’s I wanted then to be able to reach into the middle of the table (without standing on chairs )

I will run through the steps I took once it was built !!

To seal the entire table (top & base) I painted in oil base (beige) because kids can be ruff with things !!
I gave it a full 24 hours to dry !!
being an artist I have plenty of paint supplies, however if you havnt got art paint, you can pick up small tubes from a craft shop !! you will only need 1 tube of each colour !! (cheap as )
the top was painted with Acrylic “Water base” art paint !

Painting the top !!

  1. Masking Tape
  2. 1 inch Artist Paint Brush
  3. Black Texta
Acrylic art paint colours
  1. Black
  2. White
  3. Dark Green
  4. Light Green

Set out
I sketched out border on the top about 2 inches in & masked it up !!

Art Paint Application

I painted inside of masked area in Light Green, with a normal house paint brush ! before it dried I applied the Dark Green with the art brush, in a horizontal fashion, working it into the Light Green to give a subtle effect !
(refer to 3rd picture for close up) it is important to keep working it when the paint is wet . this helps the colors meld together ! once I got the effect I was after for the grass, I let it dry for a day !!

The roads !!
I marked them out & masked them with tape , I painted the roads straight black first , then mixed black & white paint together to get a charcol greyish color !! & painted them ! when the roads were dry I marked out white lines & painted them !!

I then pulled up the masking tape & with a Black texta & a straight edge , I drew the black lines between the roads & the grass !!

I sealed the entire top with a gloss spray laquere
This makes it absolutley kid proof ! over time it will scratch up without doubt, but in the meantime it has held up nice !!

Buildings !
I took camera down the street, took photo’s of buildings from other side of road !! then printed them on photo paper (about double passport size ) & glued them to little wooden blocks !! so the kids can move buildings around if they wish !!!

This project has been a real pleasure, because the kids love it ! & that is affirmation for me of “Job Well Done”

thanks for taking a look & I hope you see the joy of smiling quite kids !! LoL

Have a great day


and thats it !!!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 06:30 PM

well done!! I was just thinking of making an activity for my soon to be 2 year old daughter!!!

-- helen

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 06:49 PM

thankyou helen !! go for it !! im sure she will love it !! let their imagination run wild hey !!!! and the beauty of this !!! it uses “NO” electricity !!! LoL Playstations Pffft !!!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 07:00 PM

I really like your table. Also the photos of the buildings is an awesome idea! I may borrow that idea.
I made a couple of 10 inch square tiles painted in different patterns. A race track, farm yard, town, pond for my son to take on vacation with us last year. Tables like this are so much fun.

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 09:51 PM

really great thinking!

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 10:12 PM

I have 2 young ones who will love this. I’ll take it. Please deliver to the bottom end of Africa….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 12:37 AM

Great toy / eating table. 2 fer one. Great idea, Good for the kids.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 12:54 AM

I hope the wife doesn’t see this one. It will be one more thing for the honey-do list! Well done! I built something similar years ago when I was an air traffic controller in the Marine Corps. We used it to train our new guys on. It got tons of use and was a blast to build.

Good job man!

-- christopheralan

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 08-01-2010 08:39 PM

wow … very creative …love the photo building idea

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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