The construction area is a hub of action. There is so much learning happening in this space, from building towers-to creating cities. The work being done here is empowering the engineers of the future.
Items for this space can be particularly expensive. A quality set of unit blocks can set you back hundreds of dollars. You will also find the cost of building accessories such as pretend people, vehicles, and building sets, starts to add up.
Below you will find a collection of Free and DIY blocks/building sets, and building accessories that you can create for a fraction of the cost. I'm highlighting some of my favorite ideas from around the web, and ideas that have been shared in our FB Community.
DIY Blocks & building sets
See how to make these fabulous DIY Chalkboard city blocks from Hello Bee
Egg Carton Building Blocks from the Pinterested Parent
Architectural Building blocks on Instructables
DIY Magnetic Blocks tutorial from You Clever Monkey
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning center created these DIY Tinker Toys for her program. See a tutorial from Never Shushed to see how to create your own.
Building with PVC from Little Bins for Little Hands
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center created these DIY translucent blocks. You can find a tutorial from And Next Come L, on how to make similar blocks yourself.
Sheena W. of Building Blocks Family Childcare created these DIY Blocks by wrapping containers in duct tape. She also uses recycled materials such as these yogurt containers as building toys.
Building area accessories
DIY Animal Blocks from Erica's Educare Learning Center. You could also use this same concept using the photos of the children in your care, trees, the homes they live in, and buildings around your community. In addition to applying the images with modge podge you can also using clear packing tape, or contact paper to adhere them to your blocks.
Amanda W. of Tykes 'N Tots Preschool & Daycare created these fun street signs for her childcare program that she found from Doodles and Jots.
Cassandra S. of Mud Pies and Butterflies, used all kinds of DIY and recycled items for her small world play area. The bridge is hardwood flooring remnants, the mountain is a clementine box, the snow is quilting batting, and the the water is a cut up bath mat. The Log, pine cones, and wood cookies were all from her yard.
Cheryl V. of Cherie's Learning Tree shared a whole city street of DIY items! You can check out more of her creations in a previous post.
Houses made from packing material from Reciclando en la Escuela
DIY car ramps from the Imagination Tree
More Fred & DIY Ideas:
DIY Road Signs from And Next Comes L
DIY Wooden Roads from Buggy & Buddy
DIY Fencing from Powerful Mothering
DIY Cardboard Trees from Little Worlds
I hope you found some inspiration!
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