I had been planning this activity for some time after being inspired by And Next Comes L. I love the idea of colour blocks but have been put off by their price tag. I had managed to find cheaper Jenga blocks from Sports Direct and used the plastic wallet folders from Day 77. I also managed to find an evening when I knew I wouldn’t be disturbed. It was my first go at using a hot glue gun and didn’t know what the outcome would be. I am bad enough at gluing my fingers together when using super glue so I wasn’t looking forward to the prospect of burning my fingers too.
Check out And Next Comes L for the fantastic tutorial. In total I made 6 colour blocks.
The next evening we got out the DIY light box from Day 38 and placed the colour blocks on top. Adam immediately started stacking the colour blocks.
He realised that the blocks could be stood upright or laid down. It didn’t take long before Adam wanted to push the blocks over.
The only issue we are having with the light box is that the lid isn’t very strong. It bows in the middle – especially as Adam sits on it throughout the activity. Using the colour blocks it was easier to discard the lid and play inside the box. The lights behind the colour blocks added to the visual impact.
During play some of the colour blocks did break. I have realised I was over cautious using the hot glue gun and didn’t use enough glue when attaching the two halves together.
* Wooden blocks similar to jenga
* Hot glue gun
* Coloured plastic wallet folders
Adam was 20 months old.
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