Aren't these just the cutest? And isn't it great to turn someone else's garbage into something fun and usable? I found these painted wood scraps hanging around in my neighborhood, and quickly collected them to use for a building project with my seven year old son, who isn't such a crafts lover. Then Lilla A.Design inspired us all with her illustrated blocks on Craft Schooling Sunday, here, and I realized that these blocks would be perfect for something like that too.
My kids didn't get excited about drawing on the blocks themselves, so mommy drew some fun city scapes, and lo and behold, my seven year old sat and painted a whole slew of blocks, and enjoyed doing it! He has a desire for creativity in him somewhere, it's just about catching him at the right moment! Phew.
- wood scraps in a variety of sizes, or even some old blocks that have seen better days!
- acrylic paint
- a permanent marker
- acrylic varnish (optional, recommended for use with natural wood blocks that you may choose not to paint)
My blocks were already painted, but you might like to paint yours, or not. (If you choose to leave your natural wood blocks unpainted, I would seal them afterwards with acrylic varnish to keep them clean. And if you use a shiny varnish, they'll look great! ) Draw designs on the base with permanent marker, and paint. There are so many fun ways to make this project yours....draw your house, your neighbor's house, your child's school etc. Enjoy!