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Make Simple Paper Blocks

Want to make a simple paper project with your kids today? Want it to be something they can play with as you work on other things? Grab some paper or card stock and tape and you're all set to make these building blocks!

These are as simple as cutting out rectangles (index cards would also work, saving you a step!), folding them, and then adding a bit of tape. I used a few sheets of card stock I had handy and basic tape. But you could use plain white card stock and let your little one decorate the pieces. You could also use washi tape so that you get a little fun decoration that way too.

Make Simple Paper Blocks

You will need:
Card Stock or Paper
Scissors or a Paper Cutter
Tape
Crayons or Markers (optional)
Tip: Paper is a lot easier to fold, but the card stock is sturdier.

Make Simple Paper Blocks

Cut the paper or cardstock into rectangles (I cut these sheets into four equal pieces).

Make Simple Paper Blocks

Fold each piece in half, then unfold it. Next, fold each end in to the middle. If you want to decorate them, it would be easier to do it at this point or even in the step before.

Make Simple Paper Blocks

Tape the pieces into a square tube, then stack them like blocks.

Make Simple Paper Blocks

To make this in a hurry, I made all the pieces the same size. But...you can make them different sizes to craft a whole set of paper blocks. You could also fold them into triangle-shaped tubes.

Make Simple Paper Blocks

The next step is to encourage your child to make some fun and interesting buildings with their DIY blocks! You can challenge them to see how tall they can make a stack or try to match a design that you tell them (or demonstrate!). Think of this as a STEM activity to explore and enjoy. Obviously these can get crunched, but that might just mean they can see what they can do to reinforce the card stock and make it ready to stack again!

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