My son loves both blocks and puzzles, so I was excited to combine the two with one of my favorite activities, painting. We live in a town that is fortunate enough to have a Woodcraft store (https://www.woodcraft.com/stores/default.aspx). These are not like the gigantic warehouse home improvement stores. Our local store has a wood working classroom, a children’s toy area and the nicest employees. We were able to get 27 blocks cut for under $10, plus the enjoyment of going into the workshop and watching the “carpenter” use the circular saw!
If you don’t have a handy store nearby, you can also purchase blocks online: https://www.amazon.com/Laras-Value-Pack-Square-Block/dp/B0018N7EUM/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ac_3
To make our puzzle, I prepped by gathering supplies and covering the table since we used acrylic paint. You will need:
- paint brushes
- cups for the paint
I also included blue tape and scissors, but B did not care that his paint oozed on the sides so we did not use them. He also didn’t seem to mind splotches of paint all over the place so I would add baby wipes to the list of supplies!
Once yellow was on the third side, we waited for the paint to dry. We then mixed the primary colors to make orange, purple and green.
B was content with his new “rainbow blocks.” He likes to stack them and match up all the colors. You could paint on shapes, animals or other inspirations. He was so excited he wanted paint again. I tried to convince him of a 3×3 puzzle, but he wanted 2×2 again!