Name Shelf- great inspiration to make one for your kid's room. Paint some wood letters or another idea could be to paint some paper mache letters and use as book ends too! (I like this idea, except my kids' names are long.
How to keep a child busy for hours in the summer: DIY: Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals, dinos, and such. And I'm sure you could put in food dye before its frozen to color it like the ice block in the photo.