When Cakie was just 2 we had some building work done in our house which resulted in her begging for scraps of wood from our builder. She had a great time pretending to build, hammer and saw with the wood and loved her precious blocks more than any real set of construction materials we owned. We still have those blocks two years later, and the other day she asked if she could decorate them!
And they have now made a permanent addition to our block play basket and area in the house. I’m excited at the thought of collecting some more wood off-cuts from a timber yard and creating some alphabet, number and people blocks together for further play opportunities!
Bean: 11 mos
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Amanda Taylor says
Very cute. What I love most about your posts in you telling us what they are learning. I am relatively new to early childhood education, so sometimes I do not know all of the skills a child is exercising in a single activity. Some are obvious, but some are not. Thanks for sharing!
I love this idea and am so happy to have stumbled across your blog. Hello!
My son was sick a few weeks ago and we spent a long time sticking map pins in blocks of wood to make patterns and shapes. He ended up designing buildings and creating an apartment building!
I’m looking forward to following your blog.
cerys @ rainy day mum says
Fan idea and what a great idea for the wood scrap basket we have
Brilliant. Teaches them so much – especially how to be resourceful one of the most important skills of all!
This is brilliant! I’m definitely going begging for offcuts at a timber merchant some time soon!
Kelly Cleary says
What a fun way to create great personal block pieces that the students will have so much fun playing with!
Carolyn Elbert says
Awesome idea! We are going to have to try this. I can already see my son’s eyes lighting up as he plays with blocks he decorated!
School Sparks Renee says
I am a fan of your posts and love your ideas and pictures. Thanks.
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
We would have lots of fun doing that. Going to have to get some plain blocks so we can 🙂
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Nicole Meacham says
Why have I never thought of this before?! Thanks for the amazingly simple idea to adding creativity into play.
(I can absolutely relate to stealing a block to color yourself, I can’t resist either!)
Mary at Keynko says
When Splosh was little G’Dad T did this for him – cut up lengths of left over timber from new shelves! and we painted them all sorts of colours! As he got older we used to do it with him – using the saw, sanding, gluing them together to make bigger things – sadly he still can’t put a shelf up level but at least he had fun as a kid!
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