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Chalkboard wooden house blocks

Today I’m joining in with the monthly Kid Craft Challenge organised by The Resourceful Mama. The theme this month is a craft from a recycled item and as we have (many) offcuts of wood in the shed, I thought it would be fun to make something from these.

chalkboard wooden house blocks

Chalkboard wooden house blocks

First I asked my husband to cut the offcuts into smaller pieces. I roughly measured the blocks about 10cm x 5cm, and he cut them using his electric mitre saw. My 5 year old helped sand each block using a sanding block. My husband taught him the correct way to use it and he  sanded the blocks over a couple of days, I think he found it quite therapeutic!

sanding wooden blocks

Then he painted them with blackboard paint which was quite messy and I’m really glad he wore disposable gloves! We left them to dry for 24 hours.


Then they were ready to play. I gave my children some chalk so they could draw their own houses on the blocks. The great thing about these is that you can rub out your drawing and make another one as often as you like.

As the weather is improving the children have been happy to take them outside to play too. They make a great addition to our fairy village and I know will be played with throughout the warmer months but can be brought inside too.

Chalkboard wooden house blocks


This post is part of the monthly Kid Craft Challenge, don’t forget to check out the other participants below:



Easy Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder Craft by The Resourceful Mama
DIY Indonesian Easter Basket From Recycled Can by Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Easter Egg & Friends Painting Project For Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles



  • Reply
    Adventures of Adam
    March 15, 2016 at 11:48 am

    These are just adorable! Imagine the possibilities for small world play! Why have I never thought about wearing disposable gloves whilst painting – I am forever walking around with black fingers due to paint! Have pinned.

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    Let kids be kids
    March 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Great idea and so easy to make. Your son looks happy to be doing that sanding. They are great for so many things.
    Thanks for sharing with #Letkidsbekids

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    March 15, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    What a great idea! My kids would have so much fun playing with these! The disposable gloves is brilliant! My kids can never understand that it might take a couple washings before the paint comes off completely. Thanks for participating in the Kid Craft Challenge.

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    Erin Vincent
    March 17, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I love, love, love that the kids made these wooden house blocks..from sanding to painting! That is such an awesome activity and one that I think my own kids would enjoy! #LetKidsBeKids

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