We cut the legs down on an old kitchen table making it the perfect height for kids. A hole was cut into the middle of the tabletop and fitted with a big metal bowl to hold art supplies and pencils. A fresh coat of paint was the final step. When deciding on a table to use for this project, keep in mind safety as well as spatial needs. Round tables are ideal for use by kids due to their lack of sharp edges. You don’t want a table that’s too wide, or the kids may end up sitting too far apart from one another. Round wooden tables 30” to 42” in diameter work best.
To make an activity table, you’ll need: a wooden dining table; a hand saw; a mixing bowl; a jigsaw; measuring tape; a marker; semigloss latex paint; a drill with a 1” drill bit; a ruler; a 1” wood or metal screw; an orbital sander; a mini roller handle and sleeve; a mini paint pan; spray paint; a drop cloth or roll of kraft paper.
It’s important to choose the proper mixing bowl for the center of the tabletop. Get a mixing bowl that has a small lip around the top edge. The lip will hold the bowl on the tabletop, preventing it from falling through the hole. Use measuring tape to determine the depth of the lip.
While straight lines can easily be traced along any object with a straight edge, circles require a compass. Create a compass from a small, cut strip of lumber or a ruler. Use a screw to temporarily attach the ruler to the surface at the table's center point.