In Stock At Our Store In Toronto (2229 Danforth Ave.)
A set of blocks is one of the best toys for a child's development.
This set includes 29 mid-size wooden building blocks of different shapes, colours, and wood species. It comes in a handmade Artisanal wooden toy box with a sisal rope handle. Smallest block is 1.5" x 1.5"
The blocks and toy box are treated with toy-certified, ecological and biodegradable oil.
Dimensions: 10.5''L x 5.75''L x 7''H.
Weight: 1.5 kg // 3.2 lbs.
Please note that these are handmade and as such will have variations in colour, size, wood grain, and finish. This uniqueness is the wonderful part about these items.
The blocks are also made from pine, a soft wood, and as such are not suitable for teething.
Why are blocks a fundamental toy?
The benefits of block play are incredible and provide a ton of skills development.
1. Science Learning:
Building with blocks provides a firsthand experience in problem solving, as children learn what works and what doesn't work.
Children learn to ask questions and test hypotheses about gravity and structure - "will this base be strong enough to support my tower?" "how many blocks can be stacked before the tower falls over?" etc.
2. Math Learning:
These blocks are different shapes, colours and sizes.
Exploring balance, comparing shapes, recognizing patterns, learning basic counting, addition and subtraction, and understanding quantity.
Blocks are the #1 open-ended toy!
Children are encouraged to use their imagination, follow their own ideas and express themselves through block play.
4. Physical Development: Fine and Gross Motor
Block play promotes the development of spatial awareness
Enhances hand-eye coordination, as children learn to stack blocks
Strengthens fingers, hands and arms
5. Language Development:
Opportunities for the development of new vocabulary, as children narrate their own creative stories.
Social interaction with adults and other children support the development of collaborative storytelling.
6. Social and Emotional Development:
When playing with their peers, children will gradually learn how to take turns, share materials, cooperate, and problem solve with others.
What are the stages of block play?
Baby will begin to learn how to grasp and hold blocks
Baby will start to explore the blocks by placing it in the mouth, banging it and touching its surface
Baby will start to use their arms to move blocks closer to their body
Baby will begin to carry the blocks around, throw them or place them into containers
Baby will enjoy knocking towers down
Around 16 months, baby will begin to stack 2-4 blocks
By 21 months, baby will begin to stack 6 blocks and use the blocks with purpose (to build something intentional)
Toddler will begin to use problem solving skills to figure out the different uses of blocks
By 27 months, toddler will be able to build with 6 or more blocks
Around 28 months, toddler will begin building recognizable structures like cars or houses