How to build a layout for toy farm

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If your kid loves playing farm, they will really love having a whole farm layout to set things up on. This unique toy slides right under a bed for easy storage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 flat hollow door
  • Sandpaper
  • 4 caster wheels with screws
  • Drill
  • Green paint
  • Brown paint
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • Various acrylic paints
  • Medium sponge paintbrushes
  • Small paint brushes
  • Sealant

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    How to Make a Farm Layout

  1. 1

    Use the sandpaper to smooth the door on both sides.

  2. 2

    Use a pencil to sketch out the basics of your farm. Mark in roads, pastures, crops and a place to put the barn and farmhouse. Maybe sketch in a kitchen garden near the house site. At one end you might draw in a small town with a store and a school or maybe a neighbouring farm.

  3. 3

    Use the white, brown, black and green paints to paint the major features of the layout. For the barn site and farmhouse site, paint a square or rectangle that will accommodate those toys. Be sure to paint around the edges of the door.

  4. 4

    Use the other colours and smaller brushes to paint in the details. Paint in the crops, rows between the crops, lines on the roads, flowers and some little animals.

  5. 5

    Let the front of the farm dry, then flip it over and use the drill to attach the four wheels.

  6. 6

    Seal the front painted part of the door to protect it against animals, tractors and pickup trucks.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the doorknob hole as a handle for rolling the layout under the bed and out, attaching a loop of rope if you like.
  • If there is enough headroom, a set-up farm could be left on the layout and stored away for later play.
  • Locking caster wheels will make this toy more stable on a smooth surface like hardwood or tile.

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