DIY toddler block board book

I have already shared with you how I created blank toddler board books so today, I thought I would share a little bit about how I have been using my board books with my grandson.   I am making a second set of blank board books for my preschool class to use come this fall but for now, my grandson and I have been exploring this idea just a bit…

I started my first set of DIY toddler board books by searching around the house for toys my grandson has but rarely plays with. In the bottom of a toy drawer, I found this odd set of blocks. There were about 10 blocks total and for the most part, my grandson just throws them around the house or ignores them all together…

I hot glued one block to each side of the book using LOTS of hot glue to keep those two blocks in place. This book is more like a toy than a book because I glued the blocks to the front and back of the book and we lay the book flat to play with it…

I started out by stacking the blocks together while my grandson looked on with a little bit of curiosity. Then my grandson took all the blocks off the book…

I left the board book out for my grandson to come and go and he would stop by and sometimes add a few blocks or come back and take the blocks off the book…

 It was actually one of the first times I have seen my grandson actually stop to fit the blocks together rather than just take them apart. It was pretty cool to watch him and it was also a fun way to use the blocks that I may have just tossed out on my next cleaning spree…

I also decided it would be fun to bring a collection of books with us when we go out to eat. I keep the book and the blocks in a little plastic bag and when it looks like we need a little entertainment, I set them out for my grandson to play with. My daughter is here playing with my grandson while we wait for our breakfast to be served…

In my next post, I will share a little bit about the other books I made and how we played with them as well but hopefully this will inspire some of your own creative thinking in how you might like to fix up a blank toddler board book

 

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By |2012-07-06T10:16:02+00:00July 6th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

4 Comments

  1. andie jaye July 7, 2012 at 1:29 am - Reply

    this is so interesting! and so neat that you were able to witness a first as he constructed!

  2. tina July 7, 2012 at 11:47 am - Reply

    so much better to see an interactive toy when going out to eat then a screen plopped in front of that infant/toddler/preschooler/schoolager/even a teen!

  3. Amy July 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Such a good idea!!! Was there a specific type of “board” you used? I saw some different kinds at a craft store but was not sure.
    Thank You!

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