Kid-Made Wooden Word Blocks

Ever since I first saw these blocks, I knew Emily would love to make a more kid-friendly version of them for her little sister. We had so much fun working on these while Clara was napping, and now both of the girls are enjoying this adorable new set of blocks!

To make your own set of wooden blocks, you will need: a package of 2″ x 4″ labels, a 2″ x 36″ x 1/4″ piece of balsa wood cut into 4″ pieces, a rubber stamp set, a pencil, sandpaper, and a fine black marker.
Begin by sanding down all of your cut pieces of balsa wood. Emily loved this part!
Stamp the words onto the labels…
Apply the label to one side of the block.
Draw a matching picture on another label, and apply that label to the other side.
This one is my personal favorite……

…. isn’t it sweet??
Have fun!!


  1. Love this idea! And what a great gift for her sister! πŸ™‚ SO sweet!

  2. The Activity Mom says

    those are awesome!

  3. Dear Valerie,

    My sandpaper!!


  4. What a great idea!

    Wishing you a happy week!

  5. Awww … "sister" made me tear up!

  6. Mama to 3 Blessings says

    Great idea – so glad your back! πŸ™‚

  7. Raising a Happy Child says

    This is awesome – I certainly hope that those wooden blocks didn't really require a lot of sanding πŸ™‚

  8. So sweet! I love it.

  9. These are so cute! SO glad to see you back and to hear that your father is recovering! πŸ™‚

  10. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Thanks, everyone! It is so great to be back here again!!

    @ Mark — Yeah… ummm…. about that. You might want to get a few more sheets of sandpaper soon. I had to tear apart the house looking for it. You weren't hiding it from me, were you? πŸ˜‰

    @ Raising a Happy Child — Ha!! Thankfully, balsa wood doesn't require much sanding at all. See above. πŸ™‚

  11. aw, the sister block gave me warm fuzzies! pure sweetness!

  12. What a fantastic gift!!! Just so much fun!

  13. You know at first when I saw that picture I thought the big sister was kicking the little sister in the head…….
    Love this project.

  14. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Ticia — Hahahahahahahahaha!! I think they are supposed to be exchanging gifts, but I can understand your confusion! Too funny!!

  15. Oh no, another activity to add to my to-do list.

    What a great idea. I can imagine a sister's drawing gets the point over at just the right level.

    I had to go back to the "SISTER" picture to see what Ticia meant. It gave me the giggles.

  16. These are an absolute treasure, and so much nicer than the photo ones.

  17. I am so GLAD to have you back posting again…

    Your idea ROCKS, as usual (or perhaps i should saw it BLOCKS- hee! hee!)

  18. I am so GLAD to have you back posting again…

    Your idea ROCKS, as usual (or perhaps i should saw it BLOCKS- hee! hee!)

  19. These are so cute!

  20. **** April **** says

    Oh these are so precious! If I had my two boys make them… it'd have to have one giving the other a noogie for "brothers" ha ha!

  21. I love that she wanted to make these for her sister. Very sweet. Glad to have you back Valerie!

  22. Littlemommy says

    Awww what a sweet girl you have!

  23. These are all cute, and the sister block is absolutely adorable! It's great to have you back, and I'm so glad your father is recovering well!

  24. Those are really cute, Valerie! Great idea. Those look fun and easy for the kids to make.

    Dear Mark,

    I'll send extra sandpaper!


  25. Kim @ says

    Great idea! Love when the kids can help!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  26. Jessica Monte says

    My mother says that one of my favorite toys as a little girl were the homemade wooden blocks she made by gathering scrap wood from a nearby construction site. I'd love to try something like this with Levi when he gets older. Thank you for the idea!

  27. oooooooooo so sweet

    I am happy to read good news from your father.