Make Your Own Building Block Town

I loved discovering these homemade wooden houses and building blocks!   They are so colorful and inspirational!   My hubby is going to have to replace a portion of our fence soon and I am already daydreaming about the scraps we’ll have and the fun blocks we’ll get to make!   This is even more fun as this post has a trail.   I love how the internet helps inspire us and how we can take someone’s idea, tweak it and then someone else can come along and re-tweak the same concept.   The beginning of these blocks started with Irresistible Ideas for Playbased Learning and today, we are featuring a rendition of their project from one of my favorite sites, Let the Children Play.     I really advise being on her facebook fan base, she has tons of ideas she shares on there in addition to her blog!   Thanks Jenny for today’s guest post!

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A few weeks back I spied some pine offcuts in exactly the same shapes.   I scooped them up and spirited them away to preschool.

We set the kids up on the grass with a few old sample pots of paint.

Unfortunately the wood pieces ran out before their desire to paint did.   So they began to paint the wooden pallet.   And then the logs.

Pretty much anything that didn’t move was painted.     If you ever need your house painted, I’ve got just the little people for the job.   They even got started on the wooden poles holding up the shade cloth before they ran out of paint.
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Back to the houses.   I waged an internal war: my inner control freak vs my progressive child centred teacher side.   My control freak won, and I drew on the windows and doors instead of letting the children help out.   A quick spray of gloss paint, and voila:
The kids are really getting a kick out of using them in their play.
Thank you Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning!   Head on over to their site for step by step instructions on how to make your own irresistible building blocks – and if you are looking for a great resource, especially for preschool teachers, check out Jenny’s blog, Let the Children Play.

16 Comments

  1. oh wow, those are just awesome! What a great craft/lesson starter!
    .-= Jenny in Ca´s last blog ..Sunday links for a May afternoon =-.

  2. Sherry and Donna says:

    Not only are they irresistible … they are one of those props that can be included in all sorts of imaginative play spaces too!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

  3. These are really neat. Great job!

  4. What a fun project that can be used over and over again! So colorful.

    Jen
    .-= Jen ´s last blog ..Life at the Pond =-.

  5. Wow! It ´s amazing how many tips and funny ideas you have. I ´m impressed by your creativity!

    I have no kids though, but I ´m really looking forward to having;)
    .-= Nina´s last blog ..{ Summery look from Princess } =-.

  6. I love this idea! So creative and a wonderful learning opportunity. Thank you for joining us on the Geography/History hop this week!

  7. Love this! Can’t wait to try it out. We have similar projects. Check me out – Following from Mom Loop.

  8. I have a ton of wood block left from the building project. I will try to do this craft- Could even end up being a a great Christmas gift idea.

  9. Love these. I found some of these in an op shop that someone had folk art as an English village. Now on the hunt for the wooden blocks to make some more as my family day care kids want a police, fire and ambulance stations to go with it.

  10. This will be a great bonding time for me and my son. My son will surely enjoy this!

    Kerry Anderson
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  11. This is a very healthy family activity. It don’t only develop your child as an artist but it’s good for family bonding. I’ll schedule this activity for our next family bonding.

  12. That looks like a lot of fun for the kids, and cheaper than purchasing a block town.

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