Chalk Board Blocks

June 26, 2012

chalk board blocks
I need to clean off and repaint our black board and I’ve had the pot of paint sitting around for ages, but that is a big outside job, and it’s cold. Then I happened to come across this post from Preschool Daze and I was inspired.

chalk board blocks

I grabbed the little pot of chalk board paint and headed out the back. I cut up a bit of building pine (which may or may not have been destined to be part of our kitchen walls… oh well) into random block-ish sizes, gave them a quick sand and sat down to paint.

Then I had a brain wave!

chalk board block people

A long, long time ago I had cut out some very simple people shaped blocks. Recently, my Dad up wood turning and made us a beautiful turned wood family, so my daggy old people blocks had been sitting at the bottom of the box of blocks, un-loved. I painted them too.

A day or two later, the paint was dry and the boys helped me carry the chalk board blocks inside. We dug out the chalk and they set to work customising their blocks.

chalk board block people

Morgan loved drawing his own buildings, and being able to make the people happy or sad or angry! And Noah loved the fact that he could scribble to his hearts content, then rub it out and start again!

chalk board block people

Now I am wondering what else I can paint…

chalk board blocks


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nellbe June 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

oh this looks like so much fun! Great idea :)

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Lynn November 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

This is GREAT….I am so glad I stumbled upon your ‘brain wave’. I have the blocks from raising my kids and had picked up chalkboard paint several months ago (I knew I would put it to good use). I can already tell you my Grandkids are going to love these. Can’t wait!

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Savi June 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

What about a dedicated noughts and crosses board, or boxes (the game with the dots where you make 1 line each turn and try to make boxes). Using permanent paint fro the game markings, and chalk for the game itself means that you don’t always have to keep redrawing the game out

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Amanda Kendle June 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Ooh I really adore this idea Kate, how cool!! You clever thing you. Will definitely have to try this.
(PS hope these cool blocks don’t mean you have one part of your kitchen wall missing though!!!!)

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Nat - Muddy Farmwife June 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

This is a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing Kate.

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Cyndy @ Wombats Picnic June 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

Great idea – love the little people shapes!

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kristin June 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

yeah!!! i LOVE those people blocks. i want some. thanks for sharing…glad to have found you.

: )

kristin

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Patty mcnichol June 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

Cute idea I will have to find some one with tools to cut these out for me

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mumspeak June 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

Completely in love with these! And very marketable. Nudge nudge wink wink…

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E. June 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

They are awesome. Love the outside the box thinking.

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Krista June 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

What a wonderful, creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Amber @ The Cardboard Collective June 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

These are beautiful! They actually have a very modern sculptural quality. What a great way to make blocks even more interactive! Thanks for sharing such a great post!

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Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy June 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Too clever! What a great idea. My kids would love to do this, thanks for sharing Kate.

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Mel B (Honey You Baked) July 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

What a fabulous idea Kate – they look amazing!

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Lisa July 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Very talented!

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Glowless July 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Love this! You’re so clever, Kate!

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Lynne @ Mumma Funk July 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Great idea! Simple yet effective. Will definitely keep that in mind for a fun crafty afternoon activity. Thanks for sharing. Very cool!

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bubble936 July 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

wow it looks so great

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Mansi@experimenting-mom July 15, 2012 at 3:01 am

This is amazing!

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Karen Green July 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Love this idea Kate. I am definately going to make some! Thank you for the inspiration! :)

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Kelly November 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I love these Kate! Pinning :-)

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