DIY building toys - toilet roll and pencil structures, toothpick and marshmallow structures, sand bricks made in ice-cube trays, and taking apart old electronics that no longer work. Some great ideas! :)
Create a photo book of famous structures from around the world to use in your block center. Great for kindergarten, preschool, and homeschool classrooms! Includes a link for a free 30-page structure book!
Do this in a three ring binder and you can make a book of photos of what the kids have built in the block area...keep adding to it throughout the year and see if kids can replicate past structures, etc.
19 Engaging Activities for 1 Year Olds
Activities for One Year Olds from Kids Activities Blog
use photos of the actual children in the classroom attached to wooden blocks. These blocks can be used by the children to play, pretend, and develop language skills throughout their learning centers. These ‘block people’ give the children relative people to play with rather than plastic, painted figures that could be store bought.