As every tall tower building toddler knows, there is nothing better than balancing a gravity-defying column of blocks only to send them crashing down and start stacking all over again to create a brand new construction. Playing with building blocks is beneficial for baby’s development, beginning as early as six months when your babe begins grasping and holding blocks in their hands. As your baby gets a little older, increased development of fine motor skills will assist your toddler’s block play to progress toward shape and color recognition, stacking, sorting and counting. “There are also character traits gained; such as, cooperation, sharing and patience,” says Richard Peterson, Vice President of Education at Kiddie Academy.
Best Soft Blocks: ECR4Kids Softzone Toddler Play Soft Blocks
Best Stacking Blocks: Melissa & Doug Wooden Animal Nesting Blocks
Best Magnetic Blocks: Magformers Magnetic Building Blocks
Best Building Blocks: Brain Blox Wooden Building Blocks For Kids
Best Wooden Blocks: Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Block Set
Best Castle Set: FAO Schwarz Wooden Castle Building Blocks Set
Best Educational Blocks Set: SainSmart Jr. Building Block Set
Best Overall: Uncommon Goods Nursery Rhyme Blocks
Best Teething Blocks: B. Toys By Battat One Two Squeeze Baby Blocks
Working with building blocks supports strong hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills and encourages collaborative play which further assists toddlers in strengthening their social skills. “Block play allows toddlers through school-agers the opportunity to engage in active play and learning by using blocks,” adds Peterson. “The love for blocks sparks interest in engineering which could result in a career choice for many in their later years. Mathematical and special relations skills developed at an early age as the brain is developing with have long-term benefits.”
There are endless collections to choose from and because we’ve been around a block or two, we’ve rounded up the best collections from colorful alphabet blocks to the best STEM sets. Your kiddo will have a blast building (and knocking down) countless, cool creations to their heart’s content while learning along the way.
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