Blocks are classic, versatile toys with so many applications. You can build with them, use them to build letter & word recognition, or bring in other toys for make-believe & storytelling foundations. Here’s our list of favorite block sets that make our list for toddler & preschool fun.
Uncle Goose Bug Blocks ($44) are so unique, the colors are charming, and the typeface is appealing to both kids and adults. The bugs are identified on one side, but a detailed close up of the insect is featured on the opposite site. Colorful Art Nouveau upper and lowercase letters are also on the remaining four sides. The set includes 28 blocks. Made of sustainable Midwestern basswood.
Crate & Kids Etched Wooden Blocks ($69) includes the 26 letters of the alphabet with corresponding numbers in a lovely set that is gift worthy in itself. Designed by artist Elizabeth Olwen, these solid poplar wood blocks feature detailed etching and white painted images like rainbows, squirrels, and giraffes.
Bannor Toys Classic Silicone + Wood Block Set ($39.99) is eye catching and fun for little ones. Each set contains 24 blocks in a mix of silicone and different hardwoods (cherry, maple, and walnut), ad the silicone blocks are hallow, which makes them unique and easy to hold.
Tegu Blocks ($25+) are different; they’re magnetic wooden blocks, which adds an entirely new level of play to these blocks. The magnets are inside each piece – columns, planks, cubes, and angles – and each piece is designed to work together. Children can use their imagination to build up, and out. And that’s the beginning.
The Deluxe Building Bag ($29.99) by Mega Blocks are great blocks for little ones just starting to build, but they don’t lose their appeal as your child grows. The set includes 150 classic-colored blocks Children continue to use their imagination with these blocks and because of the unique shape of some, they can build animals, vehicles, etc.; not just buildings.
Build Up & Away Blocks ($39.99) by Hape Toys comes with 100 brightly colored blocks in variety of shapes and sizes to build with. The blocks are simple in design, but sometimes simple is best. Children can use their imagination to build houses, castles, railways, and anything else they can think up.
FAO Schwarz Medieval Knights & Princesses Wooden Castle Building Blocks ($23.99) makes the list of best blocks for kids, too. This 75-piece set of interchangeable wooden pieces encourages kids to build and re-build castles of every design imaginable.
PBK Blocks ($54) from Pottery Barn Kids offer a twist on classic letter blocks; each block features two lowercase letters, two simple words, and two colorful pictures that will make little ones smile. There are 26 blocks in all.
Humiku Blocks ($24.99+) are uniquely shaped blocks that stack one upon the other, but no two are alike. They look more like rocks, but these wooden blocks are actually inspired by the Japanese Minimalist design.
Garden Blocks ($24.99) by Tender Leaf Toys include 24 wooden push and click blocks (that attach together) with garden graphics so that little ones can build a tree or a flower, they can let carrots grow, or place a bird’s nest or ladybug in the garden.
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