Frugal Toys: Free Building Blocks

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, June 01, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Sand-filled drinks cartons being used as toy building blocks by the children, by Ken Owen, on Flickr

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.

Image: Upcycled Baby Blocks Instructions from Packaging
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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).

I started this project while pregnant with my first, eight years later we have quite a collection and it's always a favorite 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: Edushape 709052 Corrugated Blocks (52 Piece) | Easy-grip pieces assist in development of fine and gross motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination
Shopping Suggestions:
Edushape Corrugated Blocks (52 Piece)

Melissa + Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks

Imagibricks Rainbow Blocks

Mondo Bloxx Brick Block Set

Constructive Playthings Blocks

Kittrich Corp Con-Tact Contact Paper

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