The Block Party Craft Kit is a favorite of the Bots. Even though these kits are their gift to you, they love to play with them as well. I will let you in on a Bot secret… when they are traveling far, and have a long journey on the Spaceship, the Bots love to play games and make puzzles. The Bots are working on their reading, so one of the things they like to do is put letters on the sides of the blocks and practice their spelling. There are so many things to do with a blank set of blocks.
Make a picture puzzle. Lay the blocks flat in a 3×3 square. Use your imagination and draw a picture over the wholeset of blocks and color it with your markers. It’s a good idea to plan the picture in your sketchbook first before you draw on the blocks. It is also helpful to put a rubber band around the edge of the blocks to keep them together while you draw and color. When you’re done, mix up the blocks and put them back together. There are 6 sides to each block,so you can make 6 different puzzles!
Mix and Match. Draw and color robot heads, bodies and legs on your blocks. Mix and match the blocks to create new robots. This idea works well with drawings of animals or people too.
Make a Tic Tac Toe board with your blocks. Draw and X and an O on each block and challenge a friend to a few games of TIC TAC TOE! The Bots can play this game for hours.
Why Wood Is Good
Wood blocks are made of – you guessed it – Wood. Wood is one of those materials that is sustainable and good for the earth. There have been studies that have demonstrated that wood has both positive psychological and physiological effects of being in nature and away from technology. As a result, engaging in wood blocks has shown to reduce blood pressure and stress.
Other good benefits from playing with wood blocks include:
- Problem Solving
- Self- Expression
- Continuity and Permeance
- Self Esteem
And more about wood blocks. Did you know that …
- As early as 1693, blocks were used to learn spelling and teach reading?
- The first large-scale production of blocks was made in New York.
- Wooden blocks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003? You can visit the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.
Hope you have as much fun creating with Wood Blocks as the Bots and I had making it for you. Complete this craft, share your work on social media and you will Join The Evolution.