A set of wooden blocks is the #1 best open-ended toy money can buy.
You can never go wrong investing in a set of blocks because there's so many play possibilities for years.
As children grow older, add to the collection with different kinds of blocks, like the water blocks, and the building and imaginative play opportunities become endless.
For the animal enthusiast - build a farm, or a dog house, or a lion’s den!
For the vehicle enthusiast - build a railway station or a long road!
For the doll lover - build a dollhouse or a doll bed!
There is also natural mathematical learning that occurs when playing with blocks. Blocks teach about shapes. Children learn to combine smaller shapes to create new larger shapes. For example, combine two small triangles to create one large square or combine two small squares to create one large rectangle.
What are the benefits of Wooden Blocks?
Around 15-18 months, children are exploring stacking 2-3 blocks at a time.
This block set can be used to develop many skills, such as stacking, sorting, and matching.
Imaginative play with blocks helps to improve hand-eye coordination, develop mathematical skills and promote creativity.
Teaches shapes and promotes language development around shape names, as well as directional words (under, above, beside, etc.).
Encourages problem solving skills, as children learn how to prevent their tower from toppling by building a sturdy base.