Love the SOFA TABLE IDEA! I've been thinking about replacing my current desk with a sofa table for a while now. Sofa tables are taller and narrower, saving space, but splurging on style. It also encourages a clutter-free work-space with minimal storage.
Visual Art: This would be a lot of fun to make, and you could teach about the Chinese culture as well. You could make a lot of things after this you could even learn Chinese music and tie it all in after the kids make their own.