Children love building and creating. You don't need fancy commercial block sets to have fun building. One year for Christmas I decided to make a block set for all the children to share and enjoy. They loved this set so much they wore them out.
- You'll need a variety of sizes of cardboard boxes. Food boxes work wonderfully (cereal, rice, oatmeal, crackers, snack size boxes, pasta, etc.).
- Contact paper with a simple pattern. While you can buy contact paper with lots of color and prints, I was looking for something that would make a nice wall. Contact paper is wonderful because it allows these boxes to be sturdy and durable through all types of play.
- Tape the ends of the boxes securely shut and stabilize any corners.
- Cover each box with contact paper. I used a gift wrapping technique to get clean ends without too much bulk so the box could stand up well on any side.
- I secured a large box - one from a refrigerator, large appliance size works best. Cut it down to a manageable size so that all the smaller boxes have a home inside that large box. Cover that with contact as well. I put their names on the large box in permanent marker and also used fun stickers to decorate.
- Start building!