Introduction: 3 for Life - Experience Your 3 Year Old Self!

Picture of 3 for Life - Experience Your 3 Year Old Self!

Around 0-3 is when we're our most confident creative selves and as we get socialized we can lose these qualities. Lame! We created a radical whimsical oversize to-scale kitchen environment to help grown-ups get in touch with their badass authentic selves! By physically embodying the scale of this timeframe, we're hoping it'll help folks positively regress.

A big high five to the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Mayors Office of Civic Innovation, and San Francisco Planning Department for giving us the opportunity to create this prototype for the Market Street Prototyping Festival.

Step 1: Observe

Picture of Observe


A. FaceTime your local 3 year old and ask him or her to give you a tour of their home from their perspective.

B. Go to a pre-school or park and watch 3 year olds just be. Wheeee!

and / or

C. Watch Rugrats!

Remember? Remember when you were awestruck? happy? creative? confident? resilient? freeeeeeee?

Step 2: Imagine

Picture of Imagine

Step 3: Goods

Picture of Goods

Big Ass Chair(s)

(8) 2" x 2" x 8' lumber

(6) 4" x 4" x 8' lumber for the legs

(2) 4' x 8' x 3/4" maple shop ply

(16) ML24Z 4" width simpson angles

Big Ass Table

(8) 4' x 8' x 3/4" maple shop ply

(8) simpson strong tie L90 angle bracket

Screwdriver, a bunch of screws, muscles and some patience!

Step 4: Build

Picture of Build

If you build it, they will come.

Step 5: Accoutrements

Picture of Accoutrements

6 ft tall teddy

Giant cookie jar

Giant cookies (reward!)

2 ft tall teddy

30 in round balloons

Giant refrigerator (two white boards put together for a total of 12ft x 4ft)

Giant alphabet magnets

Giant word magnet

Giant sidwalk chalk

Step 6: Wheeeee!

Picture of Wheeeee!

The feels:

"I remember when I was 2 and a half and I was at my aunts house. The furniture was as big as this and she a huge great dane as big as the building behind!"

"This is how I live my life! I wish everyone did. I'm 48 and everyone thinks I'm in my 20's, that I'm a millenial."

"I don't always get to feel this small and tall at the same time."

"Thanks for keeping the animal within alive!"

"This is tapping into pure ID! I love it."

"Little kids are braver than us!"


seamster (author)2015-06-19

I'd love to play on this huge table and chairs. Such a neat idea!

One suggestion though: to help this get a bit more attention, you should use a photo of the finished set as your cover image. Just a thought! :)

MarieA7 (author)seamster2015-06-22

Thanks for the suggestion, seamster! :)

About This Instructable




More by MarieA7:3 for Life - Experience your 3 year old self!
Add instructable to: