Creative Explorations

1 Way a Christmas Tree Can Encourage Free Play

by Therusticfive-
christmastreeblocks

Now that Christmas is over…. Don’t throw that Christmas tree out.
Instead recycle that Christmas tree into tree blocks.

*Real Trees only, of course.

Scout playing with the tree blocks from our recycled Christmas Tree
Scout exploring our tree blocks

My husband took our real Christmas tree and cut off the branches and then cut the trunk into wood pieces. This saved our Christmas tree from entering the landfill and provided hours of play for the kiddos.

The tree blocks provide loose parts play. The kids can build with them or use them in other forms of play. Basically, the tree blocks are open to whatever their big imaginations can create.  Our kiddos love to build with them by stacking them together. They also use them in our sandbox and mud kitchen areas as pretend food or parts of a sandcastle.

Christmas tree blocks stored in a milk crate
The tree blocks are great for inside play or can be easily taken outside for even more opportunities to play. We simply store ours in a milk crate, so we can easily grab them when we head out the door for outside play.

Materials:

Blocks made from recycled Christmas Tree

Ages:

Toddler and up

Useful For:

Home Exploration, Homeschool, Preschool, Day care, Elementary Classrooms

Tree blocks in a milk crate

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Therusticfive

I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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39 Comments

  1. loveyoumoretoo

    That is such a great idea! What a great way to still use the Christmas tree after Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

    28 . 12 . 2016
  2. Therusticfive

    Thank you! The kids love the blocks too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    28 . 12 . 2016
  3. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I love this idea! What a great way to encourage play while using what you already have!

    28 . 12 . 2016
  4. Kathy

    What a wonderful idea! Your disclaimer about real trees only made me laugh out loud. ๐Ÿ™‚

    28 . 12 . 2016
  5. Megan @ The Many Little Joys

    So simple and fun. I think I have a Saturday project for my husband now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    28 . 12 . 2016
  6. Charissa | thenotsobusymom

    Great idea! Kiddos could also draw on them or decorate them….maybe create a creature.

    29 . 12 . 2016
  7. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    This is a great idea! Now I wish we had opted for a real tree

    29 . 12 . 2016
  8. The Domestic Musician

    Wow! So creative! I love it.

    29 . 12 . 2016
  9. onepeainthepod

    Oh wow I never would have thought about that! Great idea!

    29 . 12 . 2016
  10. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    29 . 12 . 2016
  11. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    29 . 12 . 2016
  12. Finding Kathy Brown

    Truly inventive idea. This is why I love reading blogs. So creative.

    29 . 12 . 2016
  13. 21flavorsofsplendor

    Such a great idea! I love finding new ways to use things we already have.

    29 . 12 . 2016
  14. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    29 . 12 . 2016
  15. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    29 . 12 . 2016
  16. Andi

    I wish I had read this a day soonerโ€” what great idea!!

    30 . 12 . 2016
  17. Therusticfive

    Thank you! There’s always next year’s tree.

    30 . 12 . 2016
  18. Brittany McGee

    I’m taking my tree down today and totally going to do this!

    30 . 12 . 2016
  19. Therusticfive

    Yay!! The blocks will be so much fun.

    30 . 12 . 2016
  20. Paige Rodriguez

    I really love this โ˜บIt’s true that the simple things is what grabs little one’s attention the most–at least in my house. We’re going to be tossing ours soon, I’ll keep this in mind! Also, couldn’t help but notice that sweet fluff butt — I’m a cloth diaper mom too and it’s always sweet to see others! Xo

    30 . 12 . 2016
  21. amybeeman77

    My kids are 6 and they still love playing with wooden blocks. Architects in training. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    30 . 12 . 2016
  22. Therusticfive

    Awww thanks! It’s always nice to meet others as well. Our daughter loves loves the simple things. Sometimes I wonder why we even by her toys. Haha

    31 . 12 . 2016
  23. Therusticfive

    Yes! I love that. Our 9 year old loves blocks still too. โค

    31 . 12 . 2016
  24. twoboysonepup

    Great idea for real trees! We had a fake one this year, but would totally do this if we could!

    31 . 12 . 2016
  25. Amanda

    What a fantastic idea! And you’re right. It encourages play and it doesn’t need to go to the landfill.

    31 . 12 . 2016
  26. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    31 . 12 . 2016
  27. Shades of Green

    This is a good idea for a real tree! Unfortunately we have a fake one… oh well! Next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    31 . 12 . 2016
  28. durhamslovelifetravel

    great up cycle idea. This would have been great for my son, he loved building things when he was young out of old pieces of wood he would find.

    31 . 12 . 2016
  29. alexafederico

    Awesome idea! I love repurposing and recycling so I will totally keep this in mind when I have little ones some day!

    31 . 12 . 2016
  30. Marla | Because I Said So Baby

    Fun idea! I love the idea of re-purposing something and giving it new life !

    31 . 12 . 2016
  31. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    31 . 12 . 2016
  32. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    31 . 12 . 2016
  33. Candy

    Blocks are a great idea. I was thinking decorating them for next year Christmas ornaments.

    01 . 01 . 2017
  34. Therusticfive

    Using them as Christmas ornaments is a great idea as well!

    01 . 01 . 2017
  35. Claudia H. Blanton

    now there is a great idea. My kids are much older – teenagers – but I will pass this info on to friends of ours who have younger children. I love this. Blessings and Happy New Year!

    01 . 01 . 2017
  36. Therusticfive

    Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well!

    01 . 01 . 2017
  37. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    What a great idea! My kids love stacking and playing with blocks. Usually we use our fake tree, but this year we did actually go out and get a real tree. We still have ours up but maybe I’ll have to do something like this with ours.

    02 . 01 . 2017
  38. Therusticfive

    Thanks! Your kids will love the tree blocks.

    02 . 01 . 2017
  39. susanhomeschooling

    I never thought of creating rustic blocks from a Christmas tree!

    03 . 01 . 2017

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