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« on: December 08, 2011 08:41:25 PM »

 I usually make a lot of Levi's gifts, but this time I wanted to make sure it was something he would actually play with!   He has all kinds of little toys that don't get used often so I thought I'd find a way to get them used.  The play table I came up with can be used for setting up little scenes to play with, which is great for him to use his imagination with!  Its also something I can continue to add too when I come up with new ideas.  

I also did not want to buy anything at all for this project, and it needed to take up 0 space b/c he and I share a room so I keep the "stuff" down.  

I started with a pointless shoe rack that lived in our bedroom, and found some wood in the garage to build a top for it (I'm sooo not a wood worker, but I tried!)   Then I used some felt, and fabric scraps to make all kinds of little things to go with it!  

Here is what 4yr old Levi is getting!  (I also made him a quilt, but I think this is more fun!)

Down on the Farm:  Piggys are playing in the mud, made from puff paint and felt.  Sheep by the pond and the farmer plants carrots on the felt field (they are pickable!)




Wizard of Oz scene:    Inspired by the outfit I made for Levi here:
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I made the road from felt, stitched with a brick pattern (a bit hard to see in the pic!), and then painted for color variation.  The rainbow is made from wood and painted.  



Now, because we live on the Space Coast, here is a rocket scene:

On earth ready for lift off (felt earth)


Arrived on the moon, with stitched and painted in craters. (flip side of the earth).  Sequins make nice stars too.  



Did I mention that the table top isn't attached?   And notice that it doesn't have a edge piece on one of the short sides?   Here is why!

Lift the blue bar for a race!   Levi loves to build ramps so I thought this would be fun, I tested it several times and it works wonderfully.  


Or for a regular roadway, I made little felt pieces that can be put in any shape.   I even made a cross-walk because I found little cross-walk signs.  And the little red rectangles are puff painted with dots, just like the bumpy things by cross walks.  (bonus points if you knew what those are called:  Trunkated Domes)


Or we can have a pirate island:  Made from felt with foam inside, and an X marks the spot!


Or maybe the treasure is in the pirate cave (also made from layers of felt)


Or we can dive down to make an underwater scene:

This is a wave in a bottle, oil/food coloring/water

The cave could be an underwater cave too, with a lobster in it:


Meanwhile, back on the shore, we have a relaxing beach scene with felt rocks and sand.  I made a beach towel too, and I'm working on a sand castle


Back in time to the dinosaurs!  The sand flips over to make dirt, the fire is also made from wood like the rainbow.



Or maybe we have a jungle floor, infested with bugs!


Or just monkeys: (the dirt can be a mountain background too!)


And here is my version of Angry Birds,  these bird guys aren't angry, and are propelled by a catapult that Levi made by himself using the contents of the recycle bin and a glue gun (cold melt of course)


We have a slingshot too though:



And here it is all put away, the shelf under it is perfect storage for all the little baskets I found to hold it all (I had to take a picture of this, once Levi gets it, it will never be this neat again!)




Thanks for looking!  

Oh and if you have any "scene" ideas for me, let me know, I want to keep adding to this!   Next up, is a Egyptian scene, he has little Egyptian characters in his advent calender soon.

All the pics here: http://s169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/leighi123/crafts/playscapes/
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011 09:38:42 PM »

I checked your gallery and didn't locate your images.  Did you get them uploaded elsewhere?
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011 10:06:40 PM »

I checked your gallery and didn't locate your images.  Did you get them uploaded elsewhere?

They should be showing up now, my computer is being slow so I have to add them one at a time.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2011 10:31:38 PM »

Great idea! I especially love the ability to have a car race where all the cars can start at the same time!
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011 10:33:38 PM »

I checked your gallery and didn't locate your images.  Did you get them uploaded elsewhere?

They should be showing up now, my computer is being slow so I have to add them one at a time.

Yay, great!  Just wanted to make sure ya didn't need help before voting goes up tomorrow.

LOVE it!  The racing and rocket scene are so awesome.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011 04:42:23 AM »

This looks like so much fun!! You did a great job re-purposing all that stuff. I don't know what other toys you might have to build off of for more scenes, but I was thinking a winter thing might be fun (with penguins, a foam igloo, polar bears, icebergs, etc), or maybe a three-ring circus - building a trapeze could be a fun project for you Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2011 05:44:09 AM »

HOLY COW!!!v That is amazing!  Lucky, lucky Levi! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2011 07:26:50 AM »

Love it!  My boys would have loved this when they were little!  Especially my youngest.
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011 07:30:24 AM »

What a great idea! So creative.
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011 08:48:10 AM »

Very cool! I love the storage underneath. It's great from top to floor! The pickable carrots are too cute. Did you make the wooden rainbow and the fire? What kind of felt did you use for the yellow brick road and what did you use to add color to it?
The cave is adorable as well!
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011 09:03:33 AM »

Very cool! I love the storage underneath. It's great from top to floor! The pickable carrots are too cute. Did you make the wooden rainbow and the fire? What kind of felt did you use for the yellow brick road and what did you use to add color to it?
The cave is adorable as well!

Yep, the wood rainbow and fire are just cut from wood, I just sketched the design on wood (I think its pine, I'm not sure, I found it in the garage!), and cut it with a jigsaw, then sanded the heck out of it and painted it. 

All the felt is "eco felt" from JoAnn's, some is from little sheets and some is leftover from Halloween costume making that I bought by the yard.   For the yellow brick road, I chastised bricks all over 2 layers of felt, then cut the road shape.  I added color with fabric paint, just using my finger to color some of the bricks to make the bricks stand out better.  In real life you can see all the bricks, harder to see in the pics.
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2011 09:04:45 AM »

ok, that's pretty rad. you could do vikings with dragons and such, rain forest jungle, or maybe a vets office?

 i love this idea!!! well done!
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2011 09:33:57 AM »

Awesome! My daughter has been having fun playing with my christmas village on a table I have set up so maybe she would enjoy something like this too. Especially love the ramp, such a great idea!
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2011 12:44:05 PM »

That is amazing!  You came up with such great scenes! I may have to steal the idea for the earth and moon for my nephew who is obsessed with space stuff.  Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2011 01:05:59 PM »

Wow! i would have loved this as a kid! Levi is a lucky boy. theres so many possabilities but i have an idea for another one...a wild west town!
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2011 02:59:59 PM »

Very cool! I love the storage underneath. It's great from top to floor! The pickable carrots are too cute. Did you make the wooden rainbow and the fire? What kind of felt did you use for the yellow brick road and what did you use to add color to it?
The cave is adorable as well!

Yep, the wood rainbow and fire are just cut from wood, I just sketched the design on wood (I think its pine, I'm not sure, I found it in the garage!), and cut it with a jigsaw, then sanded the heck out of it and painted it. 

All the felt is "eco felt" from JoAnn's, some is from little sheets and some is leftover from Halloween costume making that I bought by the yard.   For the yellow brick road, I chastised bricks all over 2 layers of felt, then cut the road shape.  I added color with fabric paint, just using my finger to color some of the bricks to make the bricks stand out better.  In real life you can see all the bricks, harder to see in the pics.
Thanks so much! The felt tip is going to help me out a lot. And I think you do qualify for a woodworker! Seriously, the rainbow and fire look like something from the store.
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« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2011 06:52:51 PM »

Very cool! I love the storage underneath. It's great from top to floor! The pickable carrots are too cute. Did you make the wooden rainbow and the fire? What kind of felt did you use for the yellow brick road and what did you use to add color to it?
The cave is adorable as well!

Yep, the wood rainbow and fire are just cut from wood, I just sketched the design on wood (I think its pine, I'm not sure, I found it in the garage!), and cut it with a jigsaw, then sanded the heck out of it and painted it. 

All the felt is "eco felt" from JoAnn's, some is from little sheets and some is leftover from Halloween costume making that I bought by the yard.   For the yellow brick road, I chastised bricks all over 2 layers of felt, then cut the road shape.  I added color with fabric paint, just using my finger to color some of the bricks to make the bricks stand out better.  In real life you can see all the bricks, harder to see in the pics.
Thanks so much! The felt tip is going to help me out a lot. And I think you do qualify for a woodworker! Seriously, the rainbow and fire look like something from the store.

You're welcome - and another tip - the felt by the yard is a better quality and a little thicker, its nicer to work with (unless you can afford the wool or wool blend, which is even better).  I usually get it by the yard if they have the right colors, its cheap too!
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2011 05:21:25 AM »

You out-mommed yourself with this project! A lot of imagination went into this and Levi gets to put a lot of imagination into it, too!
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2011 03:13:17 PM »

OMG what an awesome project. I was like whoa, and then it kept going and going and going. This is an awesome project and I wish I was young and had such a set up to play with. Big thumbs up.
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« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2011 06:36:43 PM »

fabulous!!!  so many great ways to use the play table!  very inspirational Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2011 07:44:22 AM »

This is awesome! Levi is lucky to have such a thoughtful and creative mom!
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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2011 02:17:12 AM »

This is great! I want to play with that Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2011 10:36:05 AM »

What a great play table.  I love love love it!
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« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2011 09:53:10 AM »

I don't think he will ever need another toy! Great job!
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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2011 08:39:10 AM »

I love how versatile the pieces are!  Making some of the pieces reversible...dirt turned into mountains...I am sure Levi will come up with more ways to use all of the pieces in ways we adults can't even imagine!

Good job for giving him the building blocks for creative play...maybe when he gets older you could do bats for his cave...a castle with knights and a drawbridge!...some sort of planets mobile for his earth scene...

He is one lucky kiddo to have such a creative mom...congrats!
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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2011 01:10:24 PM »

I LOVE THIS!! Great job!!!
What about a zoo scene? or trains? You could also prop the board up and use it as a felt board to illustrate stories. I made my son a felt board so we can practice counting. I made felt ice cream cones and each has a different number of sprinkles we can count. (someone elses idea. lots of wonderful felt board ideas out there in internetland)
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« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2011 02:59:11 PM »

This is so COOL!  I don't have a kid...but I want to make me a play table now!  You could do so many things with it...I would want a deep sea felt play table Grin  SO I guess I guess I would suggest a city Aquarium along side the Zoo.  Maybe when he gets taller and can look at the Aquarium from above....Lucky lucky kid..and *applause* for Mom
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« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2011 08:55:00 AM »

OH...... MY...... WORD! I cannot hit "this rocks" enough times! This is just an endless table of creativity. I felt like I was on vacation just scrolling through all the different scenes. Either that or I was hopping through all the Zombie Farms (Farmville-like game) of various friends on Facebook, LOL! I cannot believe how many layouts you managed to package up into that little play-tivity table... and all so NEAT and TIDY! I never would have guessed that you had so much packed into those little crates and tubs. Every little piece is perfect and creative. I love the fact that you made "flip felt" for multiple different scenes and things. You can never have too many multi-use toys/tools! The picking carrots (and farmer rows) are awesome, too.... the felt reminds me of something we used to play with as kids. It was called "Fuzzy Felts"... (Anyone else have those as a kid?) It was a little cardboard-like felt rectangle and it came with all kinds of tiny die-cut like felt bits that you arranged on the rectagle to create your "picture". It all stuck and when you got tired of your picture you just peeled it up and made a new scene. Anyway... I tend to waffle... and I am afraid my limit has probably been reached, HAHA! I cannot help it... your kid is very lucky and I am super impressed!
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« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2011 05:10:33 PM »

Thanks everyone!  Levi is loving his play table.  I made him a winter scene too with some wood penguins and a plastic polar bear I found, and some "ice cubes", the rocks that I had from before, and a white that flips to gray background.  He has come up with some more ideas too, but first I need to make an Egypt theme one!
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« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2011 02:26:47 PM »

what a neat idea! Excellent imagination skills! Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2012 05:32:13 AM »

Holy cow! A lot of imagination to make that happen, I bet! What a wonderful gift.
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« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2012 01:04:06 PM »

oooo i have to try this one with 3 of my own and 10 neices and nephews this would be perfect. kudos to you
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« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2012 02:49:33 PM »

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« Reply #33 on: January 11, 2012 04:28:43 PM »

This is to awesome! Great Job!

What about a knights and castle scene? You could also do an abstract art idea. Just have a bag full of random colors and shapes of felt and let him put them down however he wants.
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« Reply #34 on: January 11, 2012 06:12:27 PM »

Gee, I'm so impressed with what you've done! So imaginative and so many options for play. Fun for Levi, and fun to create as well, I'm sure. Great job.
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« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2012 06:03:14 AM »

This is amazing!  I am sure your son loves this - I know mine would have at that age.  It could also be used as a tactile teaching tool and emphasis something by creating a scene for it. 
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« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2012 06:27:04 PM »

Love this gift, amaziing!!!
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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2012 06:02:27 AM »

This is suck a GREAT idea!!!  My boys would love this!!!
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