Over at ReadyMade there is a great little project to keep the kids entertained.
1. Chalkboard Paint - you should be able to pick up a small tin in your local DIY store, Homebase or Woodies
2. A small table - IKEA have the SVALA Children's table for €14.99
3. (Optional) Latex paint in one or more colors (for borders)
5. Masking tape
Cost: Should cost no more than €20.
Which - lets face it, is cheap when you think your kid could be scribbling on your 'new' retro style sofa or scratching marks into your grandmothers antique sideboard.
Time: This is a weekend job as you need to let 2 coats of paint dry over night.
Step 1: Tape a 1" border around each of the four sides of the surface of the table, then apply chalkboard paint inside the remaining square.
Step 2: Let it dry overnight, then add a second coat.
Step 3: (This part is optional) After giving the paint another day to dry, carefully peel off the masking tape. Use another round of tape and paint to create a colorful border, if you like.
Step 4: Give your kid some age-appropriate chalk, unveil the table, and let the scribbling begin.
Safety First: Play it safe and keep an eye on your little draftsman to ensure that the chalk stays in the hands and out of the mouth.