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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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Good ole fashioned wooden blocks with alphabet and numbers.

San Matajs
San Matajs3 years ago

Pricey, but great!

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kirsty K.
Kirsty K.3 years ago

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

Kamryn M.
Kay M.3 years ago

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

Tracy G.
Tracy G.3 years ago

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

James Berryhill
James Berryhill3 years ago

Cool Lincoln Logs are fave...

Joan Mcallister
.3 years ago

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