Asked on Jan 7, 2019

How do I turn this table into a toddler eating/play station?

Robyn GarnerMikkigirlJeanne Martin


I want this to be a table where my toddler can sit down to eat and play on a bead wire activities. Also add the ABCs around the edge or possibly include stickers of different animals. The stickers or ABCs should probably be sealed some way to ensure he doesn’t pull the stickers off. I want to use child friendly paint.

This is an example

Example of a bead wire activity, however, I do not want but 2 or 3 .

This is the table I already have and want to use

9 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 7, 2019

    So do you already have a table? Do you have the stuff to make the table? Id worry about where you can buy the parts. In our city we have a few stores that resale used children's stuff only. Like toys, playpen, furniture.... May want to check it out for parts or for that very table. All paint today is child friendly. Cute table.

  • Pamela
    on Jan 7, 2019

    You can cover the whole thing with clear contact paper. Are you asking how to put more wire and beads ?

    • Pamela
      on Jan 9, 2019

      Hi , sorry , I didn't see all the pictures when I read your post ! This seems like an awesome heirloom project !!!!! I'd like to say , I sort of agree with the last person's post , who said skip the wire and blocks that go on them , keep the table flat so they have more room to draw and play . Also they out grow the wire & blocks pretty fast. An alternative is to attach a zippered net lingerie bag and fill it with blocks , or Legos , or crayons .

      But , if you want to keep with your idea , this is how I would do it .

      First , Use wood filler to fill in the holes , then sand the table , not to get the color off , just to make sure there are no rough edges. Then go to home depot , or wherever you get you paint , ask them if they have non toxic paint and a sealer . Give your table 1 or 2 coats .

      Now I think I would use hangers for the wire , for 2 reasons 1- you have to be careful with coated wire because kids often bite or chew on them, and you don't want pieces coming off in there mouth . 2- the wire is already " hardened " that means it is already firm, it might be a little hard to bend , but once you have your shape it should be solid. Go to a craft store and you should be able to find square and round wood pieces with a hole already drilled through them. If you want you can paint them. hold the wires where you want Them to be on the table, Mark the table , so you know where to drill the holes. Then apply stickes...alphabet , numbers , animals , whatever you want.

      Now seal the top. Drill the holes for your wires. Make sure you have enough wire to reach through and about a half inch past the tabletop.

      Place the wood pieces on the wires. Put the wires in place , turn the table over , using needle nose pliers bend the wire about a half inch at a right angle . Then use a staple gun and put a few staples on each end of the wire to hold it in place . Good luck !!!

  • Dalila Oliva
    on Jan 7, 2019

    I would wash it really well and let him play with it as is. Or remove the parts that have small parts he could choke on and add a food portion there.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Hello there, Seems to me you already have a vision of what you want, so start with the background and build it up step by step using sticky back plastic cut out to suit your purposes. Have fun.......

  • Roxann Koop
    on Jan 8, 2019

    You could strip it and stencil images onto it then seal it.

  • Geanann
    on Jan 8, 2019

    It would be fun for the kids if you let them put their handprints(different colors for each set) on the top ,after filling the holes with wood putty and putting a fresh coat of paint ,then seal the hand prints with a clear coat of either spray on or water based polyurethane

  • Jeanne Martin
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Maybe go to a hardware store with pictures on hand and show them your idea. They can probably advise you on what type of wire would work well for this (bending into shape). Hopefully you can get it already rubber coated so you may not have to paint the wire. The little blocks of wood the end wires go into would be simple enough to replicate. It might be better if the wires went all the way thru to the bottom of block to ensure they don’t come out. Add your beads (get just about anywhere like hobby stores, Walmart). Drill a hole big enough in each block for wire to slip thru. A simple screw should hold it tight underneath. Other decorative touches have been offered above. I love the kids handprints around the edges idea.

    • Cathy
      on Jan 9, 2019

      Great. Yes I love the handprint suggestion as well. Thanks

  • Mikkigirl
    on Jan 8, 2019

    My suggestion is to clean up the table, paint, seal, etc, and NOT add the wire/bead to the tabletop! Not only will the wires limit the available tabletop space and uses, but it will stifle your child’s creativity. You can buy toy cubes ( or trays ( with the wires and beads, shoelaces and beads, and so on. When not being played with they can be put away leaving a larger, uncluttered, space for eating, drawing, painting, and doing all the creative things kids love to do😊.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jan 11, 2019

    I agree with those who say not to add the wire to the table!

    Kids do outgrow that quite quickly but do love to have tiny furniture for a long time! If you really want the wire maze, do it so that it's on a piece of wood that's removable - I think it would become a huge mess to let a toddler both play with it and eat at the same time!

    Sand down the table, fill the holes and paint it white for a nice clean start.

    Lay out what you'd like on the table with simple paper cutouts at first. Once you know what you want, colors and placement you can then put permanent stickers on. This allows you to change any paint first, if you want.

    Have fun!

    Good luck! 😎

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