Cody and I really enjoy making gifts whenever we can. For Luke's first birthday we settled on crafting a busy board. Plywood, paint and random hardware is all you need!
We may still add things here & there or swap items out, like adding a bike bell, photo or mirror behind the door, etc. We measured the plywood out to fit underneath his bedroom window, 3' x 2' . Primed with Kilz, and sprayed with two coats of Rustoleum Glossy Deep Blue. Cody came up with the idea of a big bold stripe, so a quick taping and spraying of Rustoleum Glossy Safety Red took all of 3 minutes. My Dad has all kinds of random hardware around his shop, and was happy to donate to the cause! Luke loves playing with it, and tasting it, and climbing on it... And we're thoroughly entertained by the entire scene of it.