However, given our budget lately, this wish was not to be. I even spotted a set at a consignment sale, but they seemed pricey still. So I decided to make some blocks at home. I was able to use materials that we already have, making the out-of-pocket cost minimal. After trying them out, we decided it would be fun to try velcro. The velcro increased the project cost from zero to about $1.99.
This project was well-timed to coincide with watching a Bob the Builder video a few weeks ago. Now we are reading about how Laura's father built their cabin in Little House on the Prairie. These blocks are a fun way to extend what we've been learning about construction and..."demolition!"
- empty milk or juice cartons
- packing tape
- sturdy brown paper (reclaimed paper grocery sacks or kraft paper)
- crayons, optional
2. Wrap the rectangular cartons with brown paper. Cut, wrap, and tape the ends so the results are as flat as possible, which will make them more stackable. It is best to slit each corner like this:
3. If desired, invite kids to decorate the blocks with crayons. They can draw brick patterns or embellish them as creatively as they wish. When the blocks are done, kids can build an rebuild as their imaginations lead.
Sticky Option: Use strong glue (or hot glue) to affix Velcro patches to blocks and make structures sturdier.
Note: As we acquire more empty cartons we will replace the toilet paper packages with carton blocks. In the mean time, the hodgepodge works for me!
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