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Our {Makeshift} Block Area

I love building blocks! I think they are such a great material for children of all ages. They are open ended, natural, and often down right beautiful. I could build with them all day. Last year, our basement got some water and we lost our larger play area until the renovations are complete. Since then, we've been making smaller spaces work for us. 


The block area is one that we've had to make do. Right now, it consists of a shelf in our front entry. We have several different types of blocks out right now. I like to give lots of different choices because it leads to much more wonderful play! I love watching how Henry combines things to make his creations.

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Top Shelf -- Sound Blocks; Mini Unit Blocks; Castle Blocks; thrifted red blocks; peg people 

Although, right now, he pretty much sticks to building churches and cities. His imagination is just amazing. Nora is starting to stack a bit, but really she is all about the destruction at this point {much to Henry's frustration}! 



Middle Shelf -- thrifted architectural block accessories; alphabet blocks

I wish we were able to have some more loose parts out with our blocks. Right now, we are limited to a small bucket of hand-painted peg people. In a few weeks, we will {finally!} be moving back to our basement play area and I'm excited to add some more loose parts!


Bottom shelf -- handmade unit blocks {similar to these}; colored blocks 

Do your children like block play? What's on your block shelves?

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