Now I'm creating memories for my own children by making some colourful mini magnetic blocks for play!
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A couple of months ago on Pinterest I saw a post about colouring your own wooden blocks by Fun at Home with Kids. They looked so lovely with all their different shades and hues but my own kids are not big on their block play that is unless they're part of a world that they are creating (think fences for the animals, towers for the princess) so as much as I loved Asia's idea, making a set for my kids would seem a waste. But then I found these small (1/2") raw wooden unit-sized blocks #affiliatelink. Now these I could do something with!
Using some liquid water colours I'd purchased from Discount School Supplies a while ago, I coloured the 200 raw blocks using Asia's simple technique of just dip-dying them in the watercolour before laying them out on baking paper to dry.
I think they turned out beautifully and as soon as they were dry enough to play with my 5yr old sat down and started counting them. Win! She got to 133 before things got a little wobbly so I used the blocks to show her how they could be grouped to make them easier to count.
I wanted us to be able to use them on our metal whiteboards in our kitchen as well as on the floor or table so I cut up some self-adhesive magnet paper into small squares and she helped me stick them on to the blocks. This was a great fine motor strengthening activity I hadn't even planned on.
Once they were all done, we could play!
And we made some pictures.
I think they'd be good for lots of different play - building letters, for use with a hundred chart, for graphing or measuring, for outlining shapes. How can you see them being used? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear your suggestions!
*** Just a note of caution, these blocks are both small and unsealed. You know your own children though so if you think that either of these things pose a risk to their safety because they still mouth objects, maybe wait until they are older to introduce these mini blocks.
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