Sanding Blocks

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Ive got 20 min

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60 min

About the activity & how to play it

DIY fans and those who’ve worked in carpentry might enjoy getting hands-on sanding wood objects. This meditative activity is more about the doing and less about the end result. However, a beautifully sanded piece of wood can also go on to become something else lovely, like a plaque, with a bit more elbow grease and TLC.


You’ll need

  • Small wooden shapes or small wooden items, such as a stool, bird box or shelf
  • Sandpaper block
  • Small paint brush
  • Cloth

The Activity

  • Invite the person or group to sit around a table that’s covered in newspaper
  • Put a small piece of wood or item in front of each person
  • Encourage everyone to inspect and feel the wood
  • Ask them what they think the wood needs to be made smoother or what it could be used for
  • Encourage everyone to start sanding
  • Explain that you can do it in a circular motion or back and forth
  • Get people to stop every now and again to feel the wood, to see how they’re doing
  • Brush away the dust before sanding again
  • Keep going until they feel it’s been sanded enough
  • Clean down the wood with a cloth and clear the dust away, so it can be painted or turned into something else (optional)
  • Get everyone chatting and reminiscing about the woodworking projects they’ve done at home or in the past

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