DIY Wooden Building Blocks for Imaginative Play

A set of wooden blocks is easy to make and a perfect addition to the toy box to promote imaginative play.  Once your blocks are ready, all you need is a bit of floor space and lots of imagination.

DIY wooden building blocks for imaginative play - Preschool Toolkit

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Wooden blocks have great play value and are easy to include in your toy box.

They don't require batteries or instructions.

They are mess-free and easy to store. 

They can be piled up, lined up, sorted and stacked - any way you can imagine!

DIY wooden building blocks for imaginative play - Preschool Toolkit

 

How to make a set of building blocks


We do our own home renovations and often have scrap wood on hand. The blocks in the photo are rough cuts in various shapes and sizes.

These were sanded to prevent splinters before they going into the toy box.

You can make your own blocks by cutting 2X4 untreated lumber such as spruce into small pieces of different shapes - squares, rectangles and triangles.

You can get a nice supply of blocks from one piece of 8 foot lumber.

DIY wooden building blocks for imaginative play - Preschool Toolkit


Cut pieces to manageable sizes that are lightweight and easy for your child to pick up with one hand.

Blocks should be carefully sanded to a smooth finish to prevent splinters from getting in the way of playtime.

DIY wooden building blocks for imaginative play - Preschool Toolkit


For added play value, include wooden cars and any other wooden toys you have on hand.

 

DIY wooden building blocks for imaginative play - Preschool Toolkit


Limit the number of blocks at first so the play is not overwhelming.

Outline the play area with a small mat, or use a cardboard box as a starter structure.


                                     What will your young engineer imagine today?

 

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Visit our Pretend Play Pinterest board for more imaginative play ideas.

 

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