Frugal Toys: Free Building Blocks

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 01, 2017 | 0 comments
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Image: Sand-filled drinks cartons being used as toy building blocks by the children - X10_6356
I have one recycling tip for turning 1/2 gallon square milk or juice containers - or any other cardboard food container - into toy building blocks.

Cut off the pouring end of two rinsed, and dried out, milk cartons - then push the two open ends together.

Pushing one carton inside the other, this doubles the strength of your new block, and closes the ends.

Photo credit: Sand-filled drinks cartons being used as toy building blocks by the children, by neonzu1, on Flickr
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Image: Upcycled Baby Blocks Instructions from Packaging
These are very lightweight and safe.

You could cover them with contact paper for a 'fashion' finish, but I found the children enjoyed sorting the cartons by brand-names (the colours on the outside).

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I started this project while pregnant with my first, eight years later we have quite a collection and it's always a favourite with visiting friends.

They make great walls, forts and cages for kids, as well as cities and roads for small cars.

Thanks to Linda for this great Frugal Baby Tip!

More Ideas:
Upcycled Baby Blocks Instructions from Packaging
How to Make Cardboard Blocks

Image: Melissa + Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks - Endless building combinationsImage: Imagibricks Rainbow Blocks 24 Pc - These extra large cardboard brick blocks provide the opportunity to build large, life-like structures.Shopping Suggestions:
Kittrich Corp Con-Tact Contact Paper
Melissa + Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks
Imagibricks Rainbow Blocks
PlayBrix Cardboard Building Bricks

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