Life size Lincoln Logs made out of pool noodles~ 15 pool noodles from the dollar store, cut in half, cut notches out easily, with scissors = hours and hours of fun playtime! These were my favorite toy as a kid, love the life size!
Cotton Neat Motif by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd) - This pattern is available for free. Both English and Japanese versions are fully charted using standard knitting and/or crochet symbols. Japanese version available here.
if i ever get the hang of crochet. == inspiration :: stars & flowers, designed by the gingerbread lady. * pattern not free. Bottom pic from ravelry project gallery. looks like the idea would be fun to play with.