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Children learn an array of concepts with block play, especially math skills. Play with blocks provides an excellent opportunity for social and physical development and enhances creativity. Because of this blocks are one of my most frequently recommended toys. I love them, kids love them, and what can be done with blocks truly is endless.
Lately my kids have been coloring on everything…our blocks included. Instead of entering into a battle of “you can’t do this” I wanted to come up with a toy they could color on that I could offer them (other than a coloring book). After playing around with a couple different ideas we came up with our homemade chalkboard blocks.
Items Needed for Homemade Chalkboard Blocks:
- Juice Boxes
- Duct Tape
- X-Acto Knife
- Chalkboard Paint
While these blocks are a bit on the time consuming end of things, they are fairly easy to make. To start you are going to cut off the top of your juice boxes and let the dry out. Once they are dried fill them with whatever heavy material you would like. I personally used rice since we buy it in bulk for sensory rice. This is going to give the juice boxes the support that they need inside to keep them from crumpling.
Once the juice boxes are filled with rice, cover the entire box with duct tape. On the top portion that has been cut off you will need to put at least two layers. I tried a couple different materials for covering the juice boxes and duct tape was by far the most durable. The corners were slightly tricky, but all it took was a single slit to make them easy to fold.
Once you are done wrapping the juice box in duct tape and think it has a nice solid layer…add one more just to be safe.
When spraying the surface of the blocks, be generous. The chalkboard paint adhered very easily to the duct tape (I didn’t think it would) and it only took one coat to give decent coverage. However, with only one coat the chalk wasn’t very vibrant. By adding additional coats, it made the blocks a bit darker and less shiny which did give the chalk that pop that it needed.
Once dry – Play and Enjoy!