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Published on June 27th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


How-to: Upcycled Chalkboard Blocks out of Regular Building Blocks

playing with chalkboard blocksWhen it comes to homeschooling my kiddos, I’m a sucker for two things: new and different building sets and new and different art activities. And when I can combine the two? Well, then oh, my goodness–I am in heaven!

The girls and I sometimes paint building blocks with acrylic paint, and although they often use the seascapes and rainbows and street scenes that are painted on those blocks in their play, I guessed that they would really like a set of blocks that they could re-decorate for every game.

Combine that with my penchant for painting everything with chalkboard paint (have you seen my tutorial for turning an old globe into a chalkboard globe? It’s so worth the effort!), and my girls now have a complete set of building blocks that they spend every day drawing on, playing with, then wiping off for drawing on again later.

Here’s how you, too, can make your own set of chalkboard building blocks:

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

2 Responses to How-to: Upcycled Chalkboard Blocks out of Regular Building Blocks

  1. Telebrands says:

    What a
    great idea.  I think many of the kids
    would love these chalkboard blocks. 
    Thanks for the post.

  2. Sandy in FL says:

    I love this idea. It will definitely renew interest in the multitude of wooden blocks we have.

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