A quick way to add more adventure and play to some plain blocks is to paint them. I love to have the organic clean modern look in the daycare and then use a pop of color here or there. However, I got inspired to make these painted blocks for our children to use in nature and other play areas. These plain blocks got a complete makeover.
The children, my assistant and I painted some thin blocks into various colors which adds more imaginative playtime, and color recognition learning.
Some things in nature they collected on walks, field trips and in the yard that matched the color blocks.
They have gone in nature with these blocks matching them with flowers, trees, bushes, and the likes.
The children have been using it to play Jenga, create a castle for Paw Patrol and other villains. We all know too well never to ruin a child’s imagination. And we also know how Paw Patrol has taken over these toddlers.
The blocks were painted with some wood paint and other acrylic paints. Let dry overnight or for a couple days.
For the drying station, I slit holes in a box and placed them to stand which prevented smudge marks.
The children have been on adventures with these blocks that once were just ….ordinary blocks. 🙂
I honestly think their best adventure is finding things in nature with these colors. The girls went on to ask for pinks and other colors. The initial blocks were first autumn colors then, the play got more intense we added different color blocks. This can be done with seasonal colors for the nature hikes, walks, and trips.
Remember it is important to rotate your children toys…their toys will last longer and each time they are introduced evokes different imaginations. Your children will be delighted to play with their newly painted blocks.
— Miss Sue