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Colorful Blocks for Building Center

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Our school provided one set of blocks for our 4 kindergarten classes. One set for 4 classes. That means that we rotate who has the blocks each month, so there will be 3 months of no block center. I think that we should have a block center all the time, so I decided to DIY my own set. After making the small DIY projects for our math and literacy centers, I took on another project!


My awesome SO (and hand model) came to my rescue for the power tool stuff and he cut up a whole bunch of different sized blocks for me, and we sanded them together. Binge watch a funny TV show on Netflix to pass the time (the Office? Community?) and sand away.

Once all the pieces have been sanded and washed, you can use a combination of rubbing alcohol and food coloring and paint the blocks with a Q-tip. This will give the blocks a slight color but you will still be able to see the grain of the wood.

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For the blue, green and orange blocks we did two coats of the paint and the red blocks only needed one coat.

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This is a messy project, and you will want to make sure you have a well-ventilated room or do it outside (the rubbing alcohol smell is STRONG!).


I love how these turned out and I can’t wait to keep adding different blocks to our building center to see what students create!

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