City Blocks

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

I don’t have toddlers in my house anymore, but I do have several on my Christmas list this year and, in the spirit of attempting a homemade Christmas amongst our friends and family, the kids and I have been working on some fun, kid to kid gifts for cousins and friends, among them these “city” blocks.

 Blocks are one of those fundamental toys that all kids should have. They love to build, knock down and build again, so these city blocks are a fun addition to any child’s block collection. If you don’t have an old set of blocks hanging around to use here, purchase a good quality 2×4 and cut it into lengths, being sure to sand all the edges to keep splinters away!

Here’s what you need:
Lightweight paper
Crayons and colored pencils
Scissors and craft knife

1. Cut your paper into 2 and 4 inch strips or whatever dimensions your blocks are. Vary the length according to the length of the blocks. it’s far easier to have the drawings be on precut paper than to have to resize or cut things down, so start with paper the size you need for your blocks.

 2. Let the kids color city scenes on the paper strips, and get in on the act! It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with. We ended up with a “crayon factory”,  a library, post office and school, lots of houses and a scene from the Billy Goats Gruff. (OK, so that’s not a city scene, but it was too cute not to include!)

 3. Apply a thin coat of Modge Podge to the side of the block that you want the scene on and smooth the image on, working out any bubbles with your fingers.

4. Flip the blocks over so that the paper is down and trim off any excess with the craft knife.

 5. Coat the top of the paper with two layers of Modge Podge, allowing each to dry before adding the next. 

6. Once everything is dry, spray the entire block with two coats polyurethane to seal, sanding lightly between coats to make sure all the edges and surfaces are smooth!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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