A Simple DIY Toy to Encourage Imaginative Play

I love creating things for my kids that encourage imaginative play. I remember when I was growing up, my sister and I would spend hours upon hours playing school or house or Barbies or just making up stories to tell each other.

These days, kids are bombarded by t.v. shows and iPads and the days of using their imagination seems to be fading away. I don't want that to happen for my kids. I want to encourage them to use their bright, magnificent minds to dream up worlds of their own. So when I can create something simple and fun for them to use in their imaginative play, I feel like a good mom.

Today I want to show you some easy DIY Village Blocks that will get your little ones' minds spinning with fun ideas!


  • Several pieces of 2X2 or 4X4 wood (I used 2X2 because that what I had on hand)
  • Miter saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint in various colors
  • Sharpie paint pen


  1. Cut 6-8 blocks in differing sizes, anywhere from 5 inches to 8 inches or so should be fine
  2. Put your miter saw on the 45-degree mark and start chopping off the corners of one end of each block. They don't have to be perfect. Mine aren't and I like the whimsical look of uneven "roofs."


  3. Once all your blocks are cut into little "houses," sand all the rough edges.

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  4. Time to paint! I used a different color for each of my houses. I started by painting all the sides of the houses with their designated colors and let them dry for a few minutes. Then I went back and painted the roofs with black craft paint.


  5. After the "houses" have dried, I used a Sharpie paint pen to draw on (and color in) the windows and doors of each house. I let everything dry for a few hours at least.

That's all, you're done! Now you have an entire play village ready for playtime! They can be used outside or inside and if you're really ambitious, you could make some extra flat-roofed blocks to look like skyscrapers!

IMG_0088 IMG_0089As you can see, our village is put to good use. We already have several residents, including Sully and a dinosaur. Our village has a wide Disney demographic!

I hope you have fun making your easy DIY Village Blocks. I know your little ones will love them!

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Author: Cheyenne Bell

Cheyenne, a photographer and SAHM, resides with her amazing hubby, two crazy kiddos, a Border Collie and two evil cats in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Besides photography, her greatest passions include lots of coffee, autumn, flea markets, vintage finds, old books, and red wine. When she’s not wrangling babies or shooting them (with her camera, of course) you can find her over at her blog, Girl v. The World, where she writes about everything from DIY, decor, motherhood, and healthy living, to the occasional product review or giveaway of things she loves.

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