Off-the-Hook Call Center
Total time: 30 minutes.
All you need: Vintage rotary wall phones (you can find many for $20 or less on eBay), nails or screws, and a hammer.
How to put it together:
- Mark the wall where the phones will hang; make sure your children will be able to reach the receivers.
- Use screws or nails to mount the phones to the wall. (Most old phones have existing holes on the back.) The kids can now play Operator instead of pulling on your pant leg while you finish real calls.
Alternative: Go even more old-school: Hang two cans attached with string over a hook.