Little hands love to build. Building and stacking toys are simple, but what they teach is essential for your child's development
By Carissa Tozzi
When children play with building toys they will naturally practice their fine motor skills, gross motor skills and visual and spatial perception. Using their imagination, children will bring these toys to life through exploration, personalization, and manipulation. While some children need encouragement to engage their imagination, others naturally can do it, but eventually they will learn to play independently. Once these skills are developed, building toys offer an excellent opportunity for teaching children how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve through cooperative play.
These are 12 wooden building toys we love:
H Blocks are simple construction blocks that your little one can use to create high buildings, amazing sculptures, trains and railway tracks, strange creatures or incredible bridges and more.
Grimm's Rainbow Tunnel is ideal for small and older children! Toddlers will stack, sort and build amazing sculptures and as children get older, they will find amazing uses for it: A cradle to rock their dolls, a fence for animals, a tunnel or bridge for vehicles...
The Greater Pyramid Blocks will invite your little ones to build their own, multicolored wonder of the world. And just like the Great Pyramid in Egypt, the blocks' solid construction ensures it'll last a lifetime.
Tegu believes that every child possesses the unhindered ability to build, create, and imagine. Brilliantly simple and premium heirloom-quality, this magnetic building toy will last for generations and is perfect for open-ended and unscripted play.
Manhattan Blocks by The Land of Nod includes 54 colorful wooden blocks just waiting to be assembled into towering skyscrapers and high-rises.
Balancing Blocks by Areaware is a fun and challenging manipulative for kids. Then can spend hours trying to balance these ten faceted stone-size shapes as well as create endless structures.
The Big Box of Colorful Blocks has a simple, classic design and heirloom quality make this a toy that can be passed along from generation to generation.
PlayShapes is a unique modular set of 74 wooden geometric shapes which you can arrange or stack to make hundreds of 3D creations, such as animals, people, faces, vehicles, buildings and much more.
Grimm's Rainbow House is a Multi-use toy. It can be used as a puzzle, a pretend-play house for dolls and figures, as well a decoration for a child's room.
Blockitecture®, a set of architectural building blocks by designer and nest hexagonal blocks to create towers, cities, and dwellings. Blockitecture® Garden City, Areaware's deluxe set, adds pavilions and garden terraces to original Blockitecture forms.
Grimm's Set of Bowls is a versatile toy for children of all ages: they can stack and sort the bowls by size and color, build with them, use it as pot or plate, collect treasures...there are endless possibilities.
Machi Building Set set includes 15 wooden play pieces and 2 magnetic chalkboards, which will inspire your little ones to create their own roads, people, and landscapes using the eco-chalk provided...making it an excellent toy for open-ended and fine motor play.