Wooden Blocks Made from Our Old Tree

Wooden blocks are wonderful learning toys for kids.  Wooden blocks can come in all different shapes and sizes and can be very easily homemade.  My 3 year old absolutely loves playing with blocks right now, so we decided to make him some wooden blocks for outdoors.

Wooden Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to take down a tree last spring, so we (and by we I mean my husband) carefully cut and stacked the wood to dry because we (and by we I mean me) wanted to use this tree to make wooden blocks.

The wood was finally dry enough that it was ready yesterday, so we got to chopping!  I had thought we would use a handsaw, but after a moment or two decided the chainsaw was the way to go.  Here is how we made our wooden blocks:

1. Find/Scavenge/Steal (um … never mind the last one) an old cut down tree or old logs or branches.

2. Allow to dry for awhile.  I really don’t know how long is needed.  I quickly realized my husband was delaying the cutting process – so I am not sure how long he held me off for unnecessarily.

3. Cut the branches/tree/logs into 2 or 3 inch pieces.  This can be down with a handsaw (if you have hours and hours – oh right – you have kids too – so …) a chainsaw is much faster.  I am afraid of chainsaws, so my hubby did this step.  I really should get braver – I just think how often I cut myself with a kitchen knife ….

4. Sand the edges (optional).  I intended on doing this, but the edges were really not too rough.  No real risk of splinters or cuts.  We started and I think did 2.

5. Wax (optional).  You can put a natural beeswax on your blocks to seal them, if you are so inclined.

And then let the learning begin!  Within the first day our wooden blocks were:

Castles

wooden blocks

Towers

Trees

stepping stones

sorted by size

A Bridge

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I commented on how the bridge looked a bit like an animal, and my creative Madeline turned it into a frog:

Wooden Blocks

Animals

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And we have only just begun!  Wooden blocks are an excellent way to reuse nature and help bring natural toys to your child’s work.

Making these wooden blocks was so easy!  Well, actually I didn’t do anything except encourage (aka ask again and again) my husband and bring him more logs – saying each time, “just one more hunny”.

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Comments
  1. Sandi

    I have blocks made from a tree that we had to take down in my kindergarten classroom. They are one of the most played with “toys” in the room. I did the “just one more” hunny a few times too, and think that we will need some more soon.

    • admin

      Oh – lucky Kindergarteners to have you (and your hubby!) Did you add wax or any finishing? I still haven’t and am thinking they may still hold up nicely …

  2. Stephanie @ Twodaloo

    Tree blocks are one of my favorite natural toys- so many possibilities! Thanks for the tutorial, and for linking up to Discover & Explore!

    • admin

      I love them too – I just saw some little branch blocks on Play Trains! So cool! The possibilities really are endless. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Rachel | Racheous

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m waiting on my hubby to make these out of an old fallen branch. Love the animals!
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    • Sarah

      Thank you! We have had so much fun with them!

  4. Kierna

    Love that you were able to reuse a tree to make such great resources for play. Thanks for joining in the outdoor play party.

    • Sarah

      Thank you for having me at the outdoor play party!!

  5. Faye

    I was lucky (blessed) to get cut pieces from a tree-cutting company that was cutting down a huge tree down the street from my home. I explained to them that I had a home daycare and wanted some various-size pieces (please) to create a variety of things, i.e., blocks, stumps for sitting, etc. Not only did they say yes, but they allowed me to pick the pieces I wanted and were kind enough to deliver them to my yard.

    • Sarah

      That is WONDERFUL! Good for your for asking! Goes to show it never hurts to ask – how lucky your wee ones are!

  6. jackie

    Oh, I love these, Sarah! There’s so much learning going on here!
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