Kids DIY: Make Your Own Lego Table

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    3 hours
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My kids love to build Lego or play with Playmobil. They can make an entire village on the floor, making it very hard to clean -mainly because “the village” is not allowed to be moved and usually all the stray small pieces end up under my feet. Ouch!

So, we came up with this solution; a very low table where the Lego can stay while the game is on. I can clean underneath and the Lego stays in one place. Everyone is happy! With the added benefit of having a super fun time making the table from scratch. My kids (aged 5 and 8) were VERY proud to be working with actual tools -something I believe in teaching my kids no matter their gender. Boys should also learn to cook and girls should also learn how to drill a hole or use a hammer.

We made two tables. One of them we did in stages, the other one we did one morning. It took us 3 hours from start to finish. I recommend doing it bit by bit so the fun stays fun and doesn’t become too tiresome.

Make sure you are all wearing old clothes as it can get messy.

We used plywood size 2 by 3 feet but guess smaller or slightly larger could work too. If it’s very long, I recommend putting another 2 legs in the middle as my kids have a tendency to stand on it or sit on it while playing. I got the plywood as a discarded piece from a hardwood shop as well as the legs, screws and fillers.

For the painting I recommend using sponges as the effect is quite nice and it’s easier to blend the colours. Remember to dab and not stroke. We used dark green, light green and brown for the grass. For the sand we used yellow, cream, gold and a bit of orange. And for the water dark blue, a lot of light blue and white.

The pictures are all from the second table with little road, beach and water

Update: We have now had the tables for 3+ years and they are still looking good as new and they are still in use every single day.

Ingredients

Directions

Step 1

My daughter started off with measuring 5cm from both sides (2 inches) near the corner to mark the place for the leg. In all 4 corners. I then drilled a hole through. That was my work done and it was time for me to observe again

Step 2

My daughters then screwed in the legs using the fillers and the screws (you might want to help to tighten the screws afterwards depending on their age -but generally they did it without any problems)

Step 3

They then used sandpaper to make it smooth and remove splinters. (I helped to make the corners and edges smooth)

Step 4

We then painted the entire table white. With sponges. It’s quicker, uses less paint and it’s easier for the kids.

Step 5

We then stenciled out the roads, the beach and the water with a pencil (don’t worry about this part, your kids will have a clear idea of how it should look) Use train tracks or similar toys for marking the roads. For the painting I again recommend using sponges as the effect is quite nice and it’s easier to blend the colours. Remember to dab and not stroke. We used dark green, light green and brown for the grass. For the sand we used yellow, cream, gold and a bit of orange. And for the water dark blue, a lot of light blue and white.

Step 6

Wait for the paint to dry and then add the decorations of your choice. We added a few paper flowers on the table with roads and a few sparkly stickers near the water on the other -like these small stars that you can see on the picture. The white lines and zebra crossings are also made from white sticker paper. Make sure they stay in place by “painting” them on top with fevicol glue mixed with water (about 4 glue to 1 water). It looks white when put on but will dry clear -like decoupage. You will then be able to wipe the table with a wet cloth without taking off the stickers

Step 7

My kids play with it every day and all our visitors go straight to it. Hope you enjoy making yours and don’t forget to send me the picture of your creations

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