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Five Picks for Children’s Building Blocks

Five Picks for Children’s Building Blocks

Simple building blocks foster visual spatial skills at an early age and enhance creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Plus, they’re just plain fun. Here are five picks from the editors of Remodelista.

Above: For more than 120 years, Anchor Stone Blocks have mimicked real stone in weight, texture, and color: red brick, tan limestone, and blue slate; $95.95 at Fat Brain Toys.

Above: Crafted of sustainable hardwoods, Tegu magnetic blocks are the first building blocks to defy gravity; the Tegu 26-Piece Discovery Wooden Block Set is available in three colors: natural, bright tints, and jungle (shown); $60 at Fat Brain Toys.

Above: Developed in France and exhibited at the Louvre, Kapla 200 Blocks Set teaches concentration, patience, and building skills; $60 at Amazon.


Above: Dado Building Cubes (left) and the Dado Squares Building Set help young learners develop concepts of proportion, balance, structure, and color; $19.33 and $15.95, respectively, at Amazon.


Above: Lincoln Logs were developed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, John L. Wright, and were inspired by the interlocking logs his father used in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo; $49.98 at Amazon.

For more building block picks, as well as children’s toy ideas, check out Remodelista’s posts 10 Easy Pieces: Building Blocks for Children, Gift Guide: Classics for Children, and House Blocks from Landscape Products in Japan.

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12:57AM PDT on May 6, 2013

thanks for sharing

11:33AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012


11:48PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Good ole fashioned wooden blocks with alphabet and numbers.

11:44PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Pricey, but great!

5:45AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:22AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Great ideas - my kids have just got new blocks but I think they need some that hold together better

8:57AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

i must be old, because i'm still trying to get over the idea of spending 60-100 bucks on some of these.

9:05PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Those all look fun. Kind of pricey, but fun.

4:12PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Cool Lincoln Logs are fave...

6:16AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

What happened to good old fashioned lego, I have never heard of some of these blocks I must have had a deprived childhood!!

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Thanks for sharing. No boxes for single people though.


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