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Big Blocks = Big Fun

Fuel the future engineer in your child with these super easy big blocks.

Our daughter loves to build, collect and sort, which means blocks of all shapes and sizes are a big hit in our house. We have a variety of wooden and plastic versions, but what I really wanted for her were the oversized cardboard ones. They are not terribly overpriced, however, I thought let’s see if we can make these bad boys at home and save our hard-earned money. Because, let’s face it, when you’re almost two, EVERYTHING is interesting and fun, but NOTHING lasts for more than 10 minutes.

This project is fun because it serves as a craft to do with your child and results in blocks for playing for days to come. It’s also super easy—like wrapping presents—and uses items you already have at home: boxes, tape, scissors and paper (old artwork, wrapping paper, craft paper, drawing paper, anything really).

I started this little project by saving the boxes from everyday items I would have otherwise tossed in recycling; formula boxes, cereal boxes, Amazon orders, heck, even a tampon box.

Once you have a nice little pile collected it’s time to wrap ’em up. Tape closed open ends, tears or uneven folds, and grab your scissors and paper. As mentioned, whatever type of large-format paper you have at home will work just fine: old Christmas wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, drawing paper or paper grocery bags. We had a pile of our daughter’s artwork collecting and I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, because as you know they are mini masterpieces. I couldn’t bring myself to toss them out, so this was our paper of choice.

Our daughter is currently obsessed with tape as well, so this made for a good activity to do together. Additionally, the boxes created a new drawing space. I recommend wrapping some boxes with blank paper or wrapping paper inside out and let your child color the boxes. Coloring on a three-dimensional surface is so much more fun than a flat surface.

And … voila! Ten minutes of wrapping/taping time, 10 minutes of drawing time, and 10 minutes of building time day after day. I’d say these were successful oversized blocks!

*This post was brought to you by Angela Pinelli. She is the proud mom of a two-year-old daughter and nine-month-old twins! She certainly has plenty to keep her busy, but she also is a very talented graphic designer and artist. In fact, she was the designer of the Simply Real Moms website! She has her own Etsy shop and she designs invitations for birthday parties, birth announcements and weddings. To view her work and order invites, please visit Pinelli Studios.