So, it’s no secret that I’m in love with dollar store cookie sheets. You can make all sorts of cool things, like this project, and this one (one of my most popular posts ever), and they’re only a dollar meaning you can buy 2 or 4 or 17. They’re also magnetic, which is great fun. (It’s no surprise that magnets are one of my favorite things in the world, seeing as how Junior has one implanted in his head.)
Like magnets, Velcro is just fun. It makes things stick without making them sticky. I have issues with sticky things. Ick.
My kids love playing with blocks and making designs, and I knew there had to be a way to make blocks portable. We’re in the car a lot, and Junior’s been watching way too much Curious George on the DVD player. In an effort to get the theme song out of my head, and to keep him more actively engaged during car rides, I decided to take on the challenge of making blocks portable.
I ordered 15 feet of Velcro Stripsfrom Amazon (affiliate link), and also purchased some Velcro dots from an office supply store. I ended up using both the dots and strips…more on that below, but you really only need the strips.
- Velcro Strips(affiliate link)
- Wooden Pattern Blocks
OR Plastic Pattern Blocks(affiliate links)
- Cookie Sheet (I love getting these from the Dollar Store!)
We had a set of wooden pattern blocks from our math curriculum that I used to make this tray. We had 250 blocks in the set, and I probably only used 40 for this project, so we still have plenty left over for math.
First, measure out the length of the cookie sheet, and cut Velcro strips (you can use either side of the Velcro, but I did the pokier side for the board and the softer side for the blocks) to that length. Carefully attach the Velcro to the cookie sheet in one layer, making sure not to overlap the strips.
Once you’ve covered the cookie sheet with Velcro, get out the blocks you want to use. I used a variety of all the shapes. Probably about 40 in all. Take the opposite texture from the Velcro you used on the board (if you used the spikier side on the board, use the soft side for the blocks. If you used the soft side on the board, use the spikier side for the blocks.)
I used the strips on the board, and started using the dots on the blocks. But, I found they didn’t stick as well, so I finished up using a little of the strips for each block. The strips seemed to stick better, but the Velcro itself didn’t stick to the blocks as well because I had to pull so hard to get the blocks off. Tater said she preferred the dots better because they were easier to use. It’s your preference.
Once the Velcro is attached to the blocks, you’re done! Store the blocks in a plastic bag, and make sure to keep the board clean, otherwise it won’t stick as effectively.
I’m excited to add this to my Road Trip Must Haves for our next trip!