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:
♦ Fine Motor Skills
♦ Invention and design
♦ Hand-eye coordination
♦ Spatial awareness
♦ Problem solving
♦ Team work
♦ Creative thinking
♦ And of course language development (including but not limited to: vocabulary, prepositions, opposites, verbs, adjectives)
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10 Best Wooden Block Sets for Kids
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 stuffed animals and other “guys” can jump off of.
My children have also used them as furniture pieces for their dolls.
These blocks are designed to make buildings and bring out the architect in your child.
The set pictured below, from Fat Brain Toys, comes with 40 pieces. There is also a 72 piece set.
These blocks are great for kids 3 year olds, although older children will probably use them more as they are intended to be used!
TEGU Magnetic Wooden Block Set
These blocks are one of a kind!
I have witnessed these blocks in actions in many kindergarten classes.
The magnets in the blocks are nice and strong and just by looking at the blocks you would think they are stuck together by magic!
Kids love making buildings that they wouldn’t be able to make with regular blocks because these blocks seem to defy gravity.
Plus, these blocks are a great way to talk to children about the science of magnets!