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Unique and Creative Building Blocks for Kids

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You can never go wrong with building blocks, they are classic toys that have provided hours of educational fun for many kids! From creative thinking to math skills and more, building blocks can offer educational benefits on many different levels. Check out these fun blocks, some of which offer a little twist to the classic blocks you grew up with!

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Oaktown Supply Toy Baby Blocks

Features:

  • 36 wood building blocks; colorful icons on each side
  • Upper and lower case letters, pictures of things that start with each letter of the alphabet, math symbols, shapes, and numbers
  • Mesh Storage Bag
  • Suggested Age: 18 months+

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Benefits:

  • Learn and practice the letters of the alphabet.
  • Learn and practice sight words beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
  • Recognize numbers 1-9.
  • Do simple math problems like 2+1=3.
  • Can easily be held and moved by little hands.
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Picasso Tiles 100 piece Set Magnet Building Tiles

Features:

  • 36 wood building blocks; colorful icons on each side
  • Upper and lower case letters, pictures of things that start with each letter of the alphabet, math symbols, shapes, and numbers
  • Mesh Storage Bag
  • Suggested Age: 18 months+

  • 100 colorful magnetic tiles
  • Geometric shapes
  • 3D shapes
  • Suggested Age: 3+

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Benefits:

  • Practice the names of colors.
  • Learn geometric shapes.
  • Build in a new, creative way.
  • Play solo or with a group.
  • Provides a unique twist to building blocks.
  • Build as big or small as you want!
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Pretex 150 Piece Classic Big Building Blocks

Features:

  • 150 Building Bricks
  • 5 Colors; green, blue, yellow, red, orange
  • 30 of each color
  • 75 square bricks, 75 rectangle bricks
  • Box with a carrying handle
  • Suggested Age: 3+

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Benefits:

  • Encourages creativity with building anything that can be imagined.
  • Different colors allow you to mix and match.
  • Round edges, making them safe to play with.
  • Compatible with major brands.
  • Easy storage, just toss them back in the box!
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Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box (opens in a new tab)”>

Features:

  • 484 pieces
  • 35 colors
  • Includes windows, toy eyes, 18 tires and toy wheel rims
  • Compatible with all Lego construction sets
  • Building ideas
  • Handy plastic container for storage
  • Recommended age: 4+

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Benefits:

  • Great for pretend play! Create whatever you can imagine.
  • Encourages story telling as your child builds the things to include in their stories.
  • Inspires creativity.
  • A classic set! Legos have been around for a LONG time!
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Burgkidz Pipe Tube Building Toy Building Blocks

Features:

  • 176 pieces
  • 54 straight tubes, 48 L shapes
  • 18 T shapes, 18 cross shape tubes
  • 12 wheels, 12 axels, 12 axels connecting pipes
  • 2 pieces small base plate
  • Handy storage box
  • Recommended Age: 3+

Benefits:

  • Reinforces color recognition.
  • Offers practice identifying and building geometric shapes.
  • Improves hand-eye coordination.
  • Provides more opportunities to count and sort.

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Melissa and Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks

Features:

  • 40 cardboard building blocks
  • 3 sizes
  • Red, blue and yellow bricks
  • Red blocks can hold up to 150 lbs!
  • Easy Step-by-step instructions to put them together *Needs adult assembly
  • Recommended age: 2-5

Benefits:

  • Practice sorting by size or color.
  • Design patterns with laying blocks on the floor or stacking them into a tower.
  • Tons of creative building options- what can you “see?”
  • Easy for kids to hold and build with.

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Melissa and Doug 100 Piece Wood Blocks Set

Features:

  • 100 pieces
  • 4 colors
  • 9 shapes
  • Recommend ages: 3-8

Benefits:

  • Practice sorting by color or shape.
  • Strengthens counting skills by counting the blocks used or how many there are of each color.
  • Encourages creativity, if you can visualize it you can build it!
  • Invites story telling, ask what is being built and why.

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Melissa and Doug Standard Unit Blocks

Features:

  • 60 smooth blocks
  • Wooden Storage Crate
  • Recommended age: 3+

Benefits:

  • Helps familiarize with different shapes and sizes.
  • Create create create.
  • Gives opportunities to create new shapes by putting two or more shapes together.
  • Sets the challenge to build the tallest tower!

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12 thoughts on “Unique and Creative Building Blocks for Kids”

  1. This is so helpful, you make it so easy to find educational toys for kids at various stages of development.
    It is structured very well, and I love how you give the features and benefits of each toy.
    Thank you.

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    • Kids certainly do have their own perspective and thoughts. I hope your son is able to find something that interests him and fits with your desires for him. If not, let me know and I’d be happy to help you!

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  2. Very nice products you have listed here. I’m a huge fan of old fashion toys such as these. I think now-a-days kids spend way too much time in front of screens, TV, computer, tablets and mobile phones. Kids should be kids for as long as they are not teenagers or adults and these are the toys they should be playing with. More toys like these to our kids!

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  3. Hi Heidi,
    You have curated an excellent collection of building blocks. It’s a child’s paradise! Your website reminds me of the “old days”, when a child’s world was simple and carefree.
    Frank

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  4. Hello Heidi,

    This is a great collection of building blocks. Every time we had to get a gift for kids, building blocks always are in the mix. They are so useful as they challenge the kids and let them employ creative thinking, patience, perseverance and self-gratification at the end.

    The same is true with one of our friends. She has purposely refrained from gifting her kid with anything electronics (because she is still very young). Instead, she gives her either books or building blocks such as what you have featured here. And we think it is one of the contributory factors why her kid is so creative and talented.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    • That is fantastic! Building blocks really do help kids in many different ways. What a great thing your friend is doing in giving her child learning toys and books to help her grow! I certainly agree that it encourages creativity and sharpen talents.

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  5. Hi Heidi,
    These are some pretty awesome block sets. Some I recognize from when my kids were young, lol.
    I especially like the “Burgkidz Pipe Tube Building Toy Building Blocks”. This has so many possibilities! And more fun when the grandkids want us to play with them.
    I like Melissa & Doug blocks as well. I think I had something similar when I was a kid (a hundred years ago…).
    Thanks so much,
    Suzanne

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    • Yes, some of these blocks are classics! If it works, why change it, right?! There really are so many fun possibilities. It is a great time for us to tap into our ‘inner child’ and enjoy playing too.
      Melissa and Doug make a ton of great toys, so many adventures await!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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