10 Best Wooden Blocks For Kids: Open Ended Learning Starts Here!

10 Best Wooden blocks for kids


Since there are so many types of blocks available I have narrowed this article down to the 10 Best Wooden Block sets for kids.  Blocks are great toys for open ended learning.

A child can play for hours with blocks and the outcome is never quite the same.

Wooden blocks in particular promote skills such as:

♦ Reasoning
♦ Fine Motor Skills
♦ Invention and design
♦ Hand-eye coordination
♦ Spatial awareness
♦ Balance
♦ Problem solving
♦ Team work
♦ Creative thinking
♦ And of course language development (including but not limited to: vocabulary, prepositions, opposites, verbs, adjectives)

Do you want to know how blocks can help with specific areas in language development?  Click here!

10 Best Wooden Block Sets for Kids

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These are listed in no particular order.

Grimm’s Large Waldorf Wooden Building Blocks in Organic Shapes

This 15 block set is handcrafted in Germany from Linden trees and inspired by Waldorf education to encourage open-ended play!  No two sets will be alike.  You also won’t find any sharp edges as each block is carved by hand and has been carefully inspected.

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this set, trying to figure out how to get them to balance, thus teaching cause and effect.

The organic shapes can lead to even more creative thinking, especially as children get older!

Grimm's Large Waldorf Wooden Building Blocks in Organic Shapes

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Rainbow Blocks

These are not just ordinary colored blocks.  These blocks come in a variety of shapes and are translucent.

I love that children can discover color mixing with these blocks.  They can be played with on a windowsill to really make the colors pop!

Or take them outside on a sunny day and explore the colorful shadows that they will cast.   Don’t forget, you can also build with them and learn all about colors!

I love the Guidecraft Junior Rainbow Block Set.  It comes in a 20 or 40 piece set.

Guidecraft Jr. Rainbow Block
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Makit Classic Wood Construction Toy

These aren’t technically blocks, but they are wooden and perfect for building and getting creative!

Your child can build sculptures from a moving windmill to a skyscraper.

This set is not recommended for children under the age of 3 due to small pieces that can cause a choking hazard.
Makit Classic Wood Construction Toy
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Mirror Blocks

Children are naturally drawn to mirrors.  They love seeing their reflection.

As your child gets older, she can use these kinds of blocks to experiment with light reflection as well.  And they can also be stacked and used in a similar way to regular blocks.

Guidecraft has a wonderful mirror block set, however there are only 10 blocks in the set, so you might want more than one set.

Alternatively, you can incorporate these with other wooden blocks you might have around the house.

Guidecraft Mirror Blocks

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Traditional Wooden Blocks

I remember having blocks just like these when I was a kid.  You can build just about anything with these kinds of blocks.

I am a fan of the Melissa and Doug 100 piece wood block set.

You really can’t beat the price (about $15 US).  They are the ones in the picture below!

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Standard Unit Blocks

These blocks are relatively large so they are great for building.

You will often find these blocks in schools and daycare centers.

They are similar to the traditional wooden blocks I mentioned above, just on a larger scale.

Children can incorporate so many other toys into the play with these blocks.

Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray

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Plank Sets

Plank blocks are like Jenga blocks.  They are all identical.  As a result your child can come up with some very complex and intricate structures and designs.  You can also incorporate blocks from other sets.

Or you could try building an domino run to knock down!  A great plank set to get started with is the KEVA Structures 200.   If you think your child might like building his own marble run, be sure to take a look at the KEVA Contraptions Plank Set.
KEVA Maple Plank Building Set

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Hollow Blocks

Hollow blocks are exactly what they sound like.  Blocks that are hollow.

These blocks, much like the standard unit blocks, are often found in school/daycare settings.

However, there is no reason why these cannot be found in your home.

My son loves these blocks to make car ramps and tall buildings that his stuffies and other “guys” can jump off of.

My children have also used them as furniture pieces for their dolls.

ECR4Kids Over-Sized Hollow Wooden Block Setget best price buttonArchitectural Blocks

These blocks are designed to make buildings and bring out the architect in your child.

The set pictured below if from Melissa & Doug and comes with 44 pieces.

While the recommended age is 3+, children over the age of 5 will most likely enjoy these best!

The amount of buildings that can be assembled with this set is virtually endless.  Your child’s imagination can run wild!
Melissa & Doug Architectural Wooden Unit Block Set With Storage Crate
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Twig Modern Building Blocks

These blocks are one of a kind!

Their unique design lets creative minds build unique structures by stacking, attaching and inserting blocks within one and other.

These blocks are made of high quality natural rubber wood and colored with a water based paint.

Twig Modern Building Blocks

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I think I have covered the best wooden blocks for kids.  If you have some that I have not mentioned please let me know!



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8 Comments

  1. Roxen

    Very nice article, it is very useful for me as my baby is growing so I need to know what is best for him and toys are the most beautiful part of the job. I try to get him educational toys and these wooden blocks seem to be perfect for his creativity and imagination. So thank you very much for your article.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks Roxen,

      Wooden blocks are excellent for building creativity and imagination as well as many other important skills. Be careful when looking for “educational” toys because many are marketed as such when in fact they really do not help a young child’s development. Here are some other articles that should help you to choose the best learning toys for your child:

      Best Learning Toys For 2 Year Old’s To Encourage Language Development

      Best Learning Toys For 3 Year Old’s To Encourage Language Development

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  2. Ryan Sims

    Thanks for this review,

    I’m a single father of four and my youngest is just 18 months. I’ve been looking for a good set of blocks. Lego is too small for youngest so that’s out of the question. Not to mention their size makes it harder to clean up.

    You have some really cool looking blocks here. I think I will try and make my own log blocks and maybe purchase some of the translucent and mirror blocks.

    My kids are pretty hard on toys, do you think the translucent and mirror blocks will stand up to the abuse?

    Thanks again for this review 🙂

    Ryan Sims

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Ryan,

      Sounds like you have your hands full. Please let me know how your log blocks turn out if you end up making them yourself.

      The translucent (rainbow) blocks and the mirrored blocks should be ok as they are meant for kids. So it is expected that they won’t be played with gently and carefully all the time. I am sure your kids will love them!

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  3. Theresa

    Wow,

    I’ve learned so much from your post! I don’t have any children yet! When I get some though I know that I will have a house full of blocks. Who would’ve known that wooden blocks have so many benefits and the best part about it is that the kids play with them and they have fun and learn at the same time and they don’t know that they are also learning(shhh. don’t tell them) it benefits us it benefits them. WOODEN BLOCKS ARE AWESOME!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for taking the time to read the article and leave a comment Theresa! You are right, wooden blocks really are wonderful. Playing and learning can happen at the same time.

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  4. Erna

    I have found that your site is so helpful for parents including me. You have mentioned the benefits of wooden blocks for a kid. I am interested in finding one of wooden blocks you have shared for my daughter. She is 6 years old. Which one do you recommend for her? Thank you.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Erna,

      Honestly, all of the wooden blocks I have mentioned would be great for a 6 year old. However, you asked for just one set. In that case I would suggest the rainbow blocks (because they can be used outside or on a window sill so you can talk about color mixing and light refraction) or the asymetric blocks. I love the asymetric blocks because they are so different from traditional blocks. However, they are also the most expensive.

      I hope this helps.

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