for stringing lights to your awning. Go to Walmart in the Office Supplies aisle and pickup "Badge Holder Clips". The plastic part can go around anything and the metal part will clip to the awning. They are dirt cheap $1.99 for 12.
Guidecraft Balance Base ~ would be easy to make with two semi circle/oval sides and a flat standing platform attached about 1/2" below the straight edge top. Customize size for child, add a ledge for feet and paint the whole thing!