Here’s a tutorial of how to make your own baby blocks that you can customize with images of your family or holidays too. An Eco-Friendly toy idea for baby.
It’s block time at our house! One of the best investments you can make with toys is to invest in blocks for your little one.
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Baby Blocks Activity Ideas
There are so many fun ways to play with blocks as a baby and toddler, we’ve put together a collection of our favorites, plus a DIY Block pattern to make your own.
Fabric blocks are available for the youngest of babies that makes fun noises for them to enjoy.
Lighter plastic blocks are a good choice as they are easy to pick up for babies and toddlers and easy to wash.
Then there are all sorts of Peek a Boo blocks available that are fun to stack and also to shake and rattle and look inside.
Nesting blocks are a great choice to help your little ones begin to about varying sizes.
By around 12 months your little one should be able to start stacking the blocks on top of each other.
Playing with blocks can help both your child’s brain and body. It also helps foster creativity.
By playing with blocks your little one will naturally start to learn to organize, balance, and stack. These skills help to build their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.
We started around the time my little one was sitting with the fabric blocks and lighter plastic blocks.
Activities with Blocks for Babies and Toddlers
Here are a few fun and easy ways to play with blocks that help build your child’s fine-motor skills and eye hands coordination.
Plus it even helps them to develop their own problem-solving skills and vocabulary.
Up and Down
- My daughter is having so much fun right now at 10 months watching Mommy stack up blocks and then she knocks them down.
Fill and Dump
- She also enjoys helping Mommy fills up the Bowl with blocks and then she dumps them all out
- As she grows older we will start sorting them by colors and by what is inside
Group by Sizes
- Soon she discovers that they are bigger ones and smaller ones. You can encourage your little ones to put them in order of size. Nesting boxes are perfect for this skill.
- You will be surprised how much entertainment a child will discover when they begin to learn how to stack blocks and…. knock them down.
There is so much development of eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills and even gross motors skills as they stock baby blocks.
How to Make your own Eco Friendly Baby Blocks
My little one loves pictures of people right now so I decided to make blocks out of photos. We had so much fun making Blocks using Magazine photos and Family Photos. She sits and touches the pictures and talks to them, it’s so cute.
Here’s a tutorial of how to make your own baby blocks with recycled cardboard.
Materials you will need
- Cereal boxes or cardboard
- Photos from Old Magazines or your own photos
- Glue stick
- Packaging Tape or Contact Paper
Trace Pattern onto cereal box…I just traced a post it note, the size I wanted
Cut out the pieces, making sure to leave the tabs
Glue block all together
Select your favorite photos or themed photos from a magazine or personal photos. Using same size that you created your squares out of.
Attach your photos with glue.
Now cover the block with contact paper or packaging tape to make it more durable and baby friendly.
Now’s time to have fun and play with!!!
DIY Baby Block Theme Ideas
You can create all sorts of designs with this DIY block design for baby blocks.
Here are some ideas for customized block designs…
- Family Album
- Baby’s First Year
- Favorite Character
- Birthday Party Themes
- Valentine’s Day
- Fourth of July
Have Fun and ENJOY!
Use this printable create your own DIY blocks.
Click here to see how your preschooler can make their own eco-friendly blocks too.
(Homemade toys are meant to be played with an adult present at all times and at your own risk)
Need more Baby Time Ideas? Check out our Baby Time Activities!
Disclosure: The Educators’ Spin On It Activities are suggestions to play with your child with together. Please use at your own risk and provide adult supervision at all times. You know what’s best for your child and are your child’s first and most important teacher.
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