Little Golden Book Blocks (Baby shower keepsakes and toys for babies)

Together with my mum and sisters, I recently hosted a baby shower for my younger sister. We played lots of fun games but my sister was most excited about the personalised baby blocks the guests made for her baby.

Of course the activity involved using Little Golden Books; I think I’ve become addicted to re-purposing the pages of old and worn books.

PERSONALISED BLOCKS

We started with some pine blocks. My husband is a carpenter and he cut these blocks from some left over pine. Our blocks measured 3cm x 3cm x 3cm. Your local hardware store might be able to cut some blocks for you.

We set up a creation station at the baby shower. Alongside the blocks were pages from Little Golden Books, scrapbook papers, stamps, textas, scissors and glue.

Each baby shower guest was asked to decorate and personalise a block for my sister’s baby using the supplies at the creation station.

Because each block could be unique and personal, there were no limitations on creativity; so even the young nieces and nephews could create one. Guests signed their names on the blocks and some wrote special messages.

To protect the blocks, they were varnished with Modge Podge.

At the end of the day, my sister had a beautiful collection of blocks for her baby. Each block a very personal and unique keepsake of her baby shower.

What a great tool for play, because #playmatters

LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK PUZZLE BLOCKS

I personally loved these blocks so much that I set out to create a set for my own son, Ike.

I decided to make a smaller set, and just needed 9 blocks to create a grid.

I selected 6 illustrations from Little Golden Books for each side of the blocks and cut them down to size (9cm x 9cm). I even decided to use the text from the story as one of the images. ( I thought this would  ensure that Ike would keep using the blocks even as he got older)

I drew a grid over the back of the illustrations and cut the illustrations into 9 squares.

I glued the each square onto a side of the block.

This project resulted in a puzzle block set. Children must find the nine matching pieces and assemble them to create an image; there being 6 images to put together.

The set looks great, but is definitely too difficult for Ike at the moment. Soon, he’ll be able to randomly stack them but in the meantime, his big sister, Cam, can enjoy playing with the puzzles.


ALPHABET BLOCKS

Children are more than capable of decorating their own blocks too. One idea is to create alphabet blocks:

  • Glue one alphabet letter onto each block.
  • With your child, search through old books and magazines to find images that begin with that letter.
  • Ask your child to glue the images  onto the corresponding block.

Little Golden Book Blocks (Baby shower keepsakes and toys for babies)

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  1. Robyn said: On March 8, 2013

    That is the best baby shower idea I’ve ever heard of! Honestly, showers can be… not my favorite thing. BUT, everyone had something to do, keep their hands busy. Now that sweet baby is going to have such a special keepsake and it incorporates books! I want to make a set for us now. :)

  2. I love all of these ideas SO MUCH!!

  3. Beautiful! Blocks are such a great toy. I love the puzzles. :)

  4. Such a beautiful idea for a baby shower. These blocks would make an ideal gift for any special occasion.

  5. Such a clever idea Jackie! Pinned. xo P

  6. Debs said: On March 13, 2013

    Just Gorgeous! Love these. So want to make them! Trying not to think about the *massive* lot of golden books we gave to the op shop when we helped my dad move house a couple of years ago.
    Oh, and what a fabulous idea for a baby shower.. Pinning :)

  7. I have had these on my to do list for my own children for so long… but I think the time has passed as they’re both in school this year. However your idea of a baby shower activity & gift. I love it!
    I have such a collection of gorgeous vintage books from op shops. I will keep this in the back of my mind for the next baby shower I help organise ;) Thank you.
    & those puzzles are another terrific gift idea!

  8. Beautiful… now I just need to find a pregnant chick and throw her a shower!

  9. I really, really like this idea and think I will try it out for my boys. The ideas are just spinning in my mind. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. This is a great idea for a baby shower! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  11. Love these! Forget the babies – I want some for myself!

  12. Love the Little Golden books block puzzle idea! So simple, easy to make and fun! On my DIY to do list!

  13. This is such a great idea, Jackie! Fun to make, and so fun to play with. So many skill-building opportunities here too – constructing, story telling, puzzle-solving… Wonderful!

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