We won't be starting up our homeschooling again for a few more days as we are still in the process of moving and settling into a temporary spot until we are able to find a new home to purchase. In the meantime, this is something I wanted to post weeks ago for people who might be traveling over the holidays - but, due to illnesses in the family and Christmas craziness, it just didn't happen.
SOOOO, for those planning a family trip soon (with toddlers in tow), here is something I came up with for one of our own car trips: Velcro Story Blocks! The idea for these came after seeing some velcro blocks. I liked the concept but thought they would be much cuter if they were colored. Then I thought they might be even more fun if some of the sides had pictures so they could be used to make up stories as well. We had an empty laptop box that looked like the perfect fit for said blocks, and I decided to jazz it up with some color and a little scene of its own to enhance the story making capabilities of the blocks! :)
Voila! A new car toy! :) And the beauty of it is that the velcro helps to keep the pieces together instead of having them all over the car, so your little construction worker can build towers IN THE CAR without them toppling at every little bump.
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If you would like to make your own, these are pretty easy to make.
IMPORTANT: Examine your blocks each time to make sure the velcro is not detaching from frequent use. Do not give these to your children if you suspect they will try to put them in their mouths or try to eat the velcro.
Materials: Velcro (I used colored as well as black), large wood blocks, paint (non-toxic), glue (super glue or hot glue).
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BLOCKS:
1. Paint your blocks (solid or with pictures on two sides). Allow blocks to dry.
2. Measure the amount of velcro you will need to wrap around each block once. Cut two pieces of velcro (you will want one with hooks and one without so that the velcro sides of each will be able to stick to all the other blocks. If you only used one side of the velcro such as the hooks side, it could only attach to a block with the other side of velcro such as the loop side. However, by using one strip of each per block, they can all stick together).
3. Glue both pieces of velcro around each block.
4. Find a container in which to store your blocks, then PLAY!!!!! :)
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