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.

Homemade building blocks for kids activities

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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 cords.

  • They are mess-free and easy to store. 

  • They don't come with an instruction manual.

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

DIY wooden blocks


Make a set of wood building blocks


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.

Homemade set of building blocks from wood scraps

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.

Wood toys for kids

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


Set of wood blocks to make for kids creative play

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 or tray as a structure on which to build.

                                     What will your young engineer imagine today?


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

DIY building blocks for kids activities


 Try using wood blocks in other ways such as these related posts.

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