DIY toddler block board book

DIY toddler block board book

I have already shared with you how I created blank toddler board books so today, I thought I would share a little bit about how I have been using my board books with my grandson.   I am making a second set of blank board books for my preschool class to use come this fall but for now, my grandson and I have been exploring this idea just a bit…

I started my first set of DIY toddler board books by searching around the house for toys my grandson has but rarely plays with. In the bottom of a toy drawer, I found this odd set of blocks. There were about 10 blocks total and for the most part, my grandson just throws them around the house or ignores them all together…

I hot glued one block to each side of the book using LOTS of hot glue to keep those two blocks in place. This book is more like a toy than a book because I glued the blocks to the front and back of the book and we lay the book flat to play with it…

I started out by stacking the blocks together while my grandson looked on with a little bit of curiosity. Then my grandson took all the blocks off the book…

I left the board book out for my grandson to come and go and he would stop by and sometimes add a few blocks or come back and take the blocks off the book…

 It was actually one of the first times I have seen my grandson actually stop to fit the blocks together rather than just take them apart. It was pretty cool to watch him and it was also a fun way to use the blocks that I may have just tossed out on my next cleaning spree…

I also decided it would be fun to bring a collection of books with us when we go out to eat. I keep the book and the blocks in a little plastic bag and when it looks like we need a little entertainment, I set them out for my grandson to play with. My daughter is here playing with my grandson while we wait for our breakfast to be served…

In my next post, I will share a little bit about the other books I made and how we played with them as well but hopefully this will inspire some of your own creative thinking in how you might like to fix up a blank toddler board book


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  • andie jaye Posted July 7, 2012 1:29 am

    this is so interesting! and so neat that you were able to witness a first as he constructed!

  • tina Posted July 7, 2012 11:47 am

    so much better to see an interactive toy when going out to eat then a screen plopped in front of that infant/toddler/preschooler/schoolager/even a teen!

  • Amy Posted July 12, 2012 11:51 pm

    Such a good idea!!! Was there a specific type of “board” you used? I saw some different kinds at a craft store but was not sure.
    Thank You!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 13, 2012 1:17 am

    Yes Amy. Please see the specific type of board I shared in this post on how to make the blank board books :

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