Whenever people come to visit for the first time, they always ask about our tree blocks. The look and the feel of the blocks are so appealing that the kids, and indeed the parents, are always drawn to them.
These little blocks are so ridiculously easy to make. You could whip them up easily in an afternoon and your kids could be enjoying them in no time.
Our other tree blocks are quite large, coming from a poor old Eucalyptus tree that had to be removed from our front yard. I really like the natural unique details of the branch; the little nobs and the natural bends in the wood.
Eucalyptus trees however don’t have a thick bark, and while ours are quite lovely after a gentle sand, I really wanted some smaller blocks with the texture of a nice thick bark.
Now you can buy tree blocks but honestly they are so easy to make and free!
Next time you’re at the park or out on a walk just keep an eye out for a nicely textured fallen branch. Try to find one as straight as possible. While it is nice to have differently shaped blocks, if there are too many bends in your branch the blocks will topple over (we have a few like this and Jack finds them very frustrating). Also a straight branch means you’ll be able to stack the blocks.
You can wax them if you like, our big ones have been waxed but these little ones, because of the beautiful natural bark, were left as is.
See. Easy. And aren’t they beautiful?
Have a go this weekend.