After a visit to our city's Children's Museum, I realized my son has a serious fascination with buttons, knobs and switches. Maybe its all little boys, but he can find buttons to press any where we go. From door bells and light switches to the "On' button on the dryer, he's got to help push the button / flip the switch!
Following that inspiration, I felt like his fort on our playset needed its own control panel complete with lots of buttons, knobs, flippers, etc so he can imagine til his heart's content. Here's what I came up with.
I started with a bag of old hinges, door knobs and handles, casters, drawer pulls, etc. Miscellaneous junk for the most part. Instead of putting a bajillion holes into the planks in his fort, I decided I'd attach all these "controls" to a board that could be mounted with only a few attachments to the fort. Since I don't own a saw of any kind and didn't want to beg anyone to cut some wood for me, I used an old cabinet door that was collecting dust. Added spray paint and began attaching all the do-hickers (that's a Texan term) to the door.
With lots of help from the hubs, we drilled holes and attached each item with screws. After a little sweat, over a couple of days - Ta Da! A custom Misson Control Panel!
Perfect for any wanna-be-astronaut, button-happy 3 year old to imagine the afternoon away!
I'm entering in my first contest with this project over here at Fireflies & Jellybeans! Wish me luck!!