Happy Friday! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’re ready to jump right in to more Christmas projects, and I’m SO excited to get going! Here’s an easy DIY that’s for the kids and would make a great gift, too!
My awesome sis (aka the real talent behind this blog), surprised me with a fun girls weekend for my 30th birthday 3 weeks ago, and among everything else fun we did, we stopped at HomeGoods for a few minutes where I saw some adorable Christmas Storytelling blocks in a little box. Guess what? They were 10 BUCKS. Here’s my solution… and it’s about $1 to make! They would be so fun for Christmas gifts for your kids, kids’ friends, kids’ teachers…you get the point! Here are all the little pieces that can make up a fun or silly story:
- Tell-A-Story Printable PDF
- white cardstock
- unfinished wood blocks (these are sized for the set of 9 found at Dollar Tree in the toy section) – they are 1″ squares and the block faces are slightly bigger than that)
- Mod Podge or other craft glue
Print PDF (here) on cardstock and cut on lines. Cut the strips vertically (one set of six for each blocks.) You could also print on sticker/label paper to make your job even easier!
Use a thin coat of Mod Podge to add to blocks (makes 6 blocks) and add a thin coat over each square if desired. I didn’t do a top coat and they are holding up well, but it’s totally personal preference. The squares of paper will slide a little at first, so as the glue starts to get more tacky, get the paper in the right place and make sure to push down on all four corners to get a good seal.
To play, the child rolls up to 6 blocks and tells, draws, or writes a story including those items and characters!
I’m all about a gift that’s unique, inexpensive, AND educational! My 1st grader was the perfect age for this activity, and she gave a little more detail to her stories. But even my 4-year old thought this was fun and loved when I took a turn and made my story especially silly.
We keep our blocks in a little drawstring bag from the Heidi Swapp holiday collection I posted about earlier this week!
I stocked up on these little wood blocks from Dollar Tree – so maybe you’ll see another idea from me soon!