May 6, 2011

Cheap Friday Fun: Painted Blocks

With our current construction project going on in the garage, there are plenty of scrap pieces of lumber lying about.  What to do with them all?
Well, paint them of course! Not only are we using some of them up, but it's a great way to keep a 3 year-old busy.  You don't even really need paints, in fact we mostly used markers that we painted over with water.   That's actually a really frugal way to paint--just pull out the markers, a paint brush and a cup of water and let the kids have fun.
Now I'm not certain that these wooden blocks will be much good for indoor play, since I didn't sand them or really clean them, but it was just a fun activity for Soren to engage in.
Next time, I'd like to spend some more time preparing the blocks; it would be fun to have a hand-painted block set, created by my son.  I'd rub the outside with beeswax to seal them and make them less likely to splinter during playtime.
These will probably just be kicked about around the garage or backyard.

The best part?  Those few precious minutes spent in the garage "with daddy", actually gave daddy some time to work too.
Happy Friday friends!


  1. Good idea! I remember busily painting a giant rock with my mom's spoiled nail polish when I was maybe 4. I still have the rock. :)

  2. I really love that you let your son paint them:)

  3. Awwwww. Sigh. Now this is real life. No plastic, just real stuff. This is what kids love! My grandkids would rather do this any day than play with toys from the store.
    I remember when I was a kid we would paint with water and folded paper towels, or if we were lucky, a real paint brush, dipped in water. We would paint the side of our barn or other building and we loved it. Felt like we were all grown up.
    By the way, renovations are a way of life at our place. We bought a repo and it also has a workshop and barn. So we have goats, chickens, and ducks, and do the grandkids love to come and visit! They gather eggs and have so much fun seeing the animals. Heck, we have people in their 20s come and just love it.
    Real life.

  4. That IS a great and frugal way to have a little fun, and I'm sure Soren doesn't know the difference; it's just all a good time to him xD

  5. Looks like the kid is having fun! :D I remember my backyard to have lots of plastics, toothbrush and paint. As a kid, I use toothbrush to scrub paint around the place... most of the time. lol


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