So oftentimes, I find myself creating homemade materials to aide them in their curiousness of light play. These DIY color blocks are just one of the many homemade light table toys that I have made. At just a fraction of the cost, these color blocks can be made in just a few minutes with simple materials from the dollar store.
And they're so pretty!
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And I did!
My price tag: $3.00.
Only three dollars?! Well, actually I could have done it for $1.50 if I had bought my supplies at the dollar store versus the liquidation center. Next time...darn it...next time!
How to Make DIY Color Blocks from Dollar Store Wooden Blocks
To make these blocks, you will need a game of wooden tumbling towers (aka Jenga). Mine were $3.00, but like I said, I found them cheaper at the dollar store. You will also need some colorful translucent duotangs or transparencies (also found at the dollar store). I used the leftover transparencies from my homemade light table manipulatives. Then grab some scissors and your hot glue gun. I promise these are really easy to make. As I mentioned on the sneak peek on my Facebook page, no husbands necessary for this project!
To make one block, you will need eight wood blocks from the tumbling towers game and a piece of colored transparency. Arrange four blocks into a square shape and hot glue gun it together so that it looks like a picture frame. Cut a piece of transparency so that it's big enough to cover the middle of the "picture frame." Lightly glue the transparency into place, just so that it won't move on you. Then create another picture frame shape with the remaining four blocks. Hot glue it onto the picture frame with the transparency on it. I didn't take pictures along the way, but here's a video tutorial for assembling the blocks.
Repeat multiple times, using a different colored transparency for each block. I ended up with six blocks in each of the following colors: orange, yellow, clear, green, blue, and purple.
They work great on the light table.
They would also work great with the overhead projector, but I think I love them the most in natural light. Seriously, look at how wonderful they look in front of a window. Gorgeous!
And that's it! Simple, frugal, and fabulous!