Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Homemade Coloring Table

I did some rearranging in Renae's room yesterday and decided to take the little table out of her room and into the living room. Then I decided that the little table had so much more potential . . .

Materials:
  • Cute little table
  • 4-6 crayons
  • Electrical tape
  • Piece of cardboard
  • String

I cut the cardboard so it would fit on top of the table. Then I taped it down with electrical tape on each side. I could have done this in a cuter way but I didn't think of it until after the first two pieces of tape were laid. Oops.



I then taped the string to the crayons and cut them to the appropriate length. The strings are attached underneath the table at a length which makes it easy for Renae to color with them from any side of the table.


She is now free to color whenever she wants, without destroying the crayon box, without leaving crayons all over the place and without making a huge mess for her Mama. The downside is that eventually the cardboard box will be filled with pictures. The upside is, Renae is a year and a half old and she doesn't really care. She usually just colors over the same spot anyway.


Busy hands at work.

12 comments:

Lanzens Life said...

Genius!

Jonathan et Kari said...

Very creative!

Kate Borders said...

Fabulous idea - I love it - going to pass it on to my friends with toddlers :)

Jason and Jen Lee said...

Way to go, Julie! What a great idea. I'll have to log that away for the future! Of course, I guess I shouldn't be surprised . . . it's your teacher instinct coming out. Miss you!

Jenny said...

What a great idea. You could probably market this and make millions!

Wendi Reger said...

Is she going to be left handed like her grandpy?????

kpjordan said...

Very clever, Julie! In the pediatric office where I worked, they had a table similar to yours, except it wasn't for coloring. It had an enclosed see-through table top and little items that had magnets attached. Then where you have crayons attached, this table had magnets. Thus, the items could be moved with the knobs that were attached to the table. But I like your idea better. Much more conducive to creative thinking.

P_31Girl said...

You are SO creative!!

Anonymous said...

Great going! See above comments....
:)
- Britt

kpjordan said...

Julie, I see that LP has your fingernails! I just noticed that. Maybe she'll play piano like her mama.

Nate and Natalie said...

What a great invention Julie! Very creative and smart.

Andy and Kaye said...

Work with what God gave you girl. That's a teacher on a poor man's budget if I ever saw one! Kaye