Building blocks are a classic gift that provide so many opportunities for kids to develop creative thinking skills, fine motor development, problem solving and more. Check out our top picks for the best building blocks for kids.
Magnetic Blocks (Age Range: 1+)
There’s nothing more fascinating to kids than blocks that magically stick together with magnets. The 14-Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set ($34.99) is a classic heirloom-quality block set to get your child’s imagination going. It contains no lead and is non-toxic.
Duplos or Mega Bloks (Age Range: 1.5+)
Duplos are chunky, larger Lego bricks made for younger kids. A perfect set to start with is the LEGO DUPLO 10572 Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun Educational Preschool Toy Building Blocks For Your Toddler ($21.99) which Includes a boy Duplo figure, one wagon base, two window elements, a dog, numbered bricks and a wide selection of other Duplo bricks.
Bristle Blocks (Age Range: 2+)
Bristle building blocks have become a classic builder set because kids can stack them like regular blocks, and the bristles allow kids to connect the blocks to make amazing structures and shapes at virtually any angle. The Battat Bristle Blocks 112-Piece Basic Building Set ($26.14) gives kids enough blocks to create some cool structures, and includes the blocks and eight wheels for even greater building options.
Lincoln Logs (Age Range: 3+)
Invented in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, son of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs have been a favorite for four generations of kids. This classic block set will never go out of style because it allows young builders to create dream structures while helping hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, fine motor skills, and more. Lincoln Logs no longer just come in the cylindrical tin we remember as kids- there are now multiple options for kits like the 88 piece Lake Union Lodge ($20.29) and the137 piece Country Meadow Cottage ($24.49) geared toward girls. Better yet, Lincoln Logs are all made in the United States with 70% of the wood coming from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests or other carefully managed timberlands.
Classic Wooden Blocks (Age Range: 3+)
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a classic set of wooden building blocks for kids. The Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set ($13.99) is a perfect choice. This set comes with 100 blocks in four different colors and nine shapes in a plastic carrying case, so they are easy to scoop up and pack away when not in use. These blocks help introduce early math concepts as well as fine motor and creative play.
CitiBlocs (Age Range: 3+)
CitiBlocs 100-Piece Cool-Colored Building Blocks ($14.83) are thinner and require a bit more dexterity and planning, making them great for older kids. This set has won 17 Toy Industry Awards and only requires gravity to keep the pieces together as your child builds.
Legos (Age Range: 4+)
Legos are the classic for slightly older kids. Purchasing the LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box is a great basic set to get your collection started. It comes with bricks in 35 different colors, including 18 tires and wheel rims, one green base plate, a window frame, and three sets of eyes. The plastic case it comes in acts as storage for the pieces when play is over.