If you have kids, I am sure you have these blocks around:
Did you know your kids can use these for more than building and throwing? They are great for play-doh also, as the kids can make imprints in the dough of backwards letters. As long as you don't mind backwards letters. You can also grab some yarn and wrap it around the block to create some unique stampers.
I wrapped some yarn around the blocks in different patterns, some plain and some as a criss cross (Kris Kross will make you Jump, Jump! Sorry...random 90's reference). Then just dip them in some a stamp pad or paint and make some fabulous prints. You know how I like to test out these projects first? Well this one was really fun and I think it would be a good time for an adult and even a surly tween/teen. So here is my sample:
We had some ink pads for rubber stamps but they seemed kind of dry, so I had to improvise. I made my own budget stamp pad by folding some paper towels on a tray and spreading some paint on them.
I showed the girls how to dip their block in the paint and then make prints on the paper. At first they didn't press very hard, so the prints didn't come out so well, but once they put a little more force into it, they were printing like old pros.
A had a great time mixing the colors on her block to make a pretty rainbow effect.
When the girls indicted they were done (by yelling "I don't want to do this anymore!" I am really good at reading them), I felt like there was too much paint on the tray to go to waste so I grabbed some copy paper and we pressed it on the tray and made some cool looking prints. I love how the texture of the paper towel made a neat pattern on the paper.
I linked up this project to The Sunday Showcase with lots of other great kids ideas.