These light-weight blocks were so simple to make, and Clara had a lot of fun playing with them. Sometimes wooden blocks can be a bit too heavy and difficult for the little ones to play with. Instead, we made our own using empty (well-cleaned) milk cartons! Stacking blocks is a great educational activity for toddlers because it is a good lesson in cause and effect, balancing, spatial awareness, and fine motor skills.
DIY: Lightweight Blocks for Toddlers
June 2, 2009 by
A friend of mine asked her daughter’s preschool to save all the empty milk cartons for us one day. We ended up with a big bag of them, and we used many of the empty cartons to make bird feeders with the kids from my local moms club. To make the blocks, I cut off the very top of the milk carton, and folded in the top to make a flat side, as shown.
I used up some leftover wrapping paper from Mother’s Day, and I even used a decorative napkin for some of the blocks. You could use brown paper bags, or whatever you have on hand. Emily might even decorate a few of these for her little sister.