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Velcro Block DIY -- Montessori Young Toddler Week 2

{My dear friend Amy convinced me that it was time to call this Montessori Toddler series instead of baby. #alltheemotions so the name change is official now} 

Older babies and young toddlers are constantly exploring their environment. They are trying to figure out every tiny detail and how it all fits together to make the big, wonderful world we live in. Often, we as adults feel they need big fancy materials to meet their needs. But, in reality, they really don't. They need lots of time and few simple that everyone just loves it. 

A DIY velcro block for older babies and young toddlers

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For our family, that simple material has been our Velcro block! I made this simple toy way back when Henry was a toddler and it has been a favorite for each of my kids since then. It is so so simple. On and off, off and on -- over and over again. It take a little bit of effort. It makes a satisfying noise. It has interesting textures. There is really just so much to explore, in such a simple way. 

A DIY velcro block for older babies and young toddlers

To make this, you'll need: 

  • block of craft wood - mind is a 3 inch block 
  • wooden shapes -- I don't remember why I choose star, any shape would be fine
  • Velcro stickies
  • Optional paint - I used acrylic, but if I were making this today, I probably would have stuck to one color and left the block natural. It's a judgment call, and so is the type of paint you want to use.  

A DIY velcro block for older babies and young toddlers

But, then, simply stick one end of the Velcro to the block, and one to the wooden shapes! And, bam. Done. 

A DIY velcro block for older babies and young toddlers

What simple materials does your young toddler/older baby like to explore? 
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Comments

Anna said…
That is a super simple yet awesome idea. I'm going to make it for my little one for sure!

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