Blocks and building toys for block play are our favorites.
We place block play at the top of our toy list. Blocks offer valuable play experiences that grow with your children.
Each year, we continue to build the collection and expand on our creations at home.
Why? Because these toys are timeless. My boys have been creating and playing with wooden blocks for years, and I foresee another handful of years of the same fun!
Excellent unit blocks can be tricky to find, and I am determined to make it easier for you. Here you will find the blocks and building toys we love and use daily.
Block play = endless learning
Don’t limit construction play to school. Serious learning through play can be done at home!
- Shape exploration
- Motor abilities
- Social-emotional growth
From stacking to constructing, this is the block play toy list you need.
Wooden unit blocks can be difficult to find. Here are some of the collections we know and use in our home.
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These blocks are the best of the best! The blocks are all well made and should last long enough to pass down to the next generation.
We started our collection with the standard unit blocks, then added on with the hollow blocks a year later. This year, we added the architectural blocks to kick things up a notch!
The curved tunnels and arches are an extraordinary way to regenerate imaginary play. The tunnels and arches become little hideouts for figurines and pathways for vehicles. Such a hit for all ages!
Other building toys that inspire creativity and problem-solving
The other building toys listed here have been on repeat for years! You will also see them listed in our collection of forever toys.
Every item on this list is a favorite. We take the magnetic tiles on vacation and play with Plus Plus Big just about anywhere we can. They feel good in hands and inspire creativity for new designs.
These are classic building toys that will grow with your child. You will see more intricate play over time with practice.
Mega Bloks – Great for toddlers
LEGO – Build your own creation kit
Block play accessories
When I watch my boys play with blocks, I notice a pattern of other toys that typically come into the scene.
Rainbow pegs, wood slices, counting bears, and Hot Wheels frequently enter in to enhance the structure that was created. Place them close to your block collection and watch imagination come alive!
Counting bears – would it even be our list without these?
Race cars – again, we know what we like over here. Same toys, multiple uses.
Block play opens so many doors to open-ended play.
Blocks and building toys are the perfect starting place for your now and future toy needs.
The constructive play and time spent with blocks will weave into just about all other content your child will encounter in grade school. These early years are the perfect time to put play to practice!
For even more ideas, we have an entire tab dedicated to block play right here!