Spring is here and it’s time to play outside. My daughter is two and a half and loves to play in the yard, but unfortunately there’s not much for her to do out there. So I took a look around and found a bunch of wood that had been sitting out in my yard for a year or so. Pieces of a fence that I took down and some leftover pieces from my deck railing. So I decided to put this stuff to work for my little girl.
My neighbour used to work at the local garbage depot and he found out I liked to play golf, so any time he found golf balls he would save them for me. My daughter loves them so I kept a bunch out for her to play with. They are the perfect size for her little hands. At a woodshow last year I bought a bunch of off-cuts that were in a 13kg margarine bucket. So I emptied out one of the buckets for her and she would throw the balls into the bucket. I decided to make a basketball style stand to hold the bucket. She had played with one of her friends basketball nets, but she hated the fact that the ball would roll away when it went through the net. So the bucket is perfect.
I took some 1.5inch wood and made a frame to hold the bucket in place. Then I cut a backboard out of a piece of plywood and attached it all to a 4×4 post. I used some 2×4s to make a base for and bucket ball was invented. It’s a lot of fun and I made it just high enough that when all the balls are in the bucket she can take it out and dump it. We have a ton of fun playing with it. I’ll post some pictures when I figure out where my wife hid the camera.
So I wonder have any of you made anything like this? Any more ideas for things I can make for my daughter?
-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.