Mindfully collecting items that would otherwise find their way into the trash or recycling bin is a great way to increase your early learning setting’s variety and quantity of blocks. There’s very little doing in this do it yourself project. Mostly you have to drink coffee and munch pickles, yogurt, and oatmeal cookies. Here’s a look at some ideas.
The only supplies you need are the containers themselves. Ideal containers are:
The items pictured above have been favorites of ours:
Kids will learn everything they do with ‘normal’ blocks when they play with these do it yourself versions. They’ll build cognitive skills, social skills, physical skills, and language and literacy skills.
Here are some tips from our years of experience using these items as blocks:
If you give this project a try, we’d love to see photos and hear how it goes in the comments below. You’ll find more DIY block ideas here. If you’re looking for handmade wooden blocks, please check out what we have available at Explorations Early Learning Toys (save 15% with SAVE15).
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