Friday, January 11, 2008

idea share

One year Winnie and Lizzie got a Barbie play set that was a coffee bar and coffee house furniture. We had a scrap piece of plywood laying around -- it was a decent size square of it -- I painted it "Starbucks colors" and did some fancy metallic gold sponge paint and, poof, Starbucks floor was born.

It's painted in random squares and rectangles separated by brown lines -- think Partridge family bus, only in green, gold, orange and purple. The look is unimportant -- the point is the $4 piece of plywood has gotten more use than any other toy they own. So much so, I made another one. The Starbucks floors are used for many things -- they see way more Barbie action than the expensive and pimped out Barbie doll house ever does, they are used as desk tops, for littlest petshop village, for leggo building, etc. They go outside, anywhere a decent play surface is needed -- Starbuck floors are there.

Home Depot has ready cut 2' by 4' sheets of plywood or particle board (better for no splinters) -- the thick particle board is 8 bucks -- oh the toy cars -- you could paint a road on one side and a general surface on the other...

The second idea is snap together flooring. We bought a box of the laminate wood stuff to see how it looked (New floors coming with the new kitchen!!!) -- well, it's an instant 4'9" by 3' 9" mobile stage. We have the expensive one, but I'm sure they have a brand for around 30 bucks a box. That's thirty bucks for a stage, a dance floor -- the rectangle of inspiration.

The girls dress up clothes have never gotten more of a workout -- I sat through a five act play yesterday -- so cute. It started strong with a Medieval princess looking for laughs from her favorite court jester (whom she hoped was funny so she wouldn't have to kill her -- thankfully she was hilarious, but tragically she fell ill soon thereafter, then luck again as the princess traveled to America for a cure and all was well for thou and thee once more). The play ended in a wandering fizzle with some girl living with her grandma and playing zingo -- the grandma was great, but the show did go on and on and on.

When not in use, unsnap the floor (five pieces) -- tuck in a closet and go.

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Blogger Melissa said...

All good ideas. Loved the pimped out barbie house.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Melek said...

i love how inventive kids are. they have so much fun with boxes and boards and anything that doesn't come from a store. go figure :)

1:42 PM  
Blogger Cecily R said...

You are a cool mom. Seriously.

7:10 PM  
Blogger wordtryst said...

What Cecily r said.

11:18 PM  

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