Toddlers love to play with blocks. They also like to be read to and to look through pages of story books, taking in all of the vibrant pictures that help to bring each story to life. If you have an hour, you can bring these two loves together into a simple puzzle project.
A set of 12 (1-2 inch) square blocks
Favorite story books (if you can’t bear to cut the pages out of a book, you can easily photocopy the pages for use.)
Arrange the blocks in a square or rectangle and measure the length and width in inches. Cut out a template for the dimensions.
Each block has 6 sides. To make sure that each side of the blocks are covered in story pictures you will cut out six pictures from the story books to the size of the template.
Apply glue to the back of one picture and place the picture onto one side of the blocks as shown.
Let the picture and glue dry fully then use a craft knife to cut each of blocks free.
Once they are all cut free you will flip the blocks until one bare side is exposed and follow the same steps to apply another picture.
Repeat until every bare side of the blocks is covered in pictures.
When you apply the final picture, let the blocks dry completely and then separate the blocks carefully.
Use a craft knife to trim any rough edges of excess paper.
Now apply Mod Podge to every side of the blocks to seal the images. This will also give them some shine and help them to last for a long time.
Mod Podge is non toxic and although it goes on white, it dries nice and clear, enhancing the images from the stories.
Toddlers will be happy to just stack the blocks up into a little tower.
But as they grow and gain dexterity, they will have fun placing the blocks into the proper arrangement and solving the puzzles that each image makes.
Don’t be surprised if everyone (even adults) start playing with these blocks too.
There is just something about a puzzle to solve that brings out the playfulness in a family.
Julia Daby is a Registered Nurse who lives happily with her husband and little boy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She enjoys crafts of all kinds, eating good food, reading, and being outdoors. Most important of all….she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a small store on etsy where she and her twin sell Waldorf Inspired dolls and share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She writes about life, family and creativity at Happiness Comes. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.