Back to Blocks
I can still remember the block set that I used to play with at my Grandpa and Grandma B’s house. Other than playing outside, there were only two other things to do: play Jenga or play blocks. I played blocks. I loved them. I want my kids to love them. But they love screens!
When my oldest, now 8, was about 2 years old I bought him a set of small ABC-type blocks. He played with them and loved them, but has grown up some and doesn’t find them nearly as cool anymore, at least not as cool as an iPod. Now they just sit in a bin collecting dust. If he’s on a screen, then the rest want to be on a screen, too. Sound familiar? Look familiar? Ugh. Then you know my dilemma.
So I need an activity that interests him, as well as his siblings. I never thought more blocks would be the answer.
Sturdy, unique and beautifully handcrafted blocks…
… smooth, sliver-free and free of all paint, stains or dyes. A nice tidbit for all those mothers who know they will be used as a chew toy.
To be perfectly honest, though, at first my kids just stared at them. Then after walking past them curiously for a few days they started stacking them into a vertical tower. I thought these blocks were just another hopeless attempt to get them to be creative and off of a screen. It made me sad to think that maybe screen time had truly robbed my kids of a drive to build and create; even the little ones didn’t seem to know what to do with them.
But I didn’t want to give up no these awesome looking blocks, so I took them to a friend’s home to see if her kids liked them.
And they did.
From the littlest…
… to the biggest.
It gave me hope for my kids!
It took a few weeks of just keeping the buckets out in plain site for them to really get creative with them. I wish had more pictures to share!
My 8, 6 and 4 year old boys had fun building this castle…
…that was super sturdy and just the perfect size for their 3 year old sister to play in.
Blocks or anything that can keep an 8-year-old boy off of a screen and using their imagination (thus, influencing all of my kids) for hours at a time is so great!
It might help that I love playing with them too. But how can I not? Compared to my vintage blocks, however, these blocks are amazing!
And they sell them by the bucket… literally. Perfect!
Back to Blocks is a family owned and operated company. All their pieces are handmade. The quality is outstanding.
If you live in Utah and like to support local businesses, then this is a great product to buy!
It would make a wonderful gift for Christmas or birthdays.
I think we may have to make a Little Town of Bethlehem with them this year!