For kids 4 to 119 years old
At once classic and modern, LEGO bricks are part of most every kid’s play space (and in some “grownups” secret cabinet). We believe LEGO’s come are as close as there is to an “essential toy” for creativity, STEAM learning, solo-play, and collaborate play as there is. Check out the full LEGO collection on LEGO’s Amazon Store.
For 1.5 years old to late toddler
Stimulate your toddler’s creative play, inventiveness, and troubleshooting with LEGO Duplos. Duplos are slightly larger than regular LEGOs, making them better for little hands while supplying the same infinite building possibilities as traditional LEGO blocks. For the complete line of Duplos, check out the LEGO Duplo store on Amazon.
For 1 year old to early toddlers
The ultra-popular Mega Bloks are similar to LEGO Duplos but bigger and click together more easily, good for tiny fingers still developing coordination.
Considered the original magnetic building toy, Magna Tiles encourages dramatic play while shaping fine motor skills. As a foundational STEAM learning toy, magnetic tiles spark exploration, visualization, and creation of 2D geometric shapes and 3D objects — buildings, vehicles, animals, characters, and beyond. Great for 3-year-olds and up. Explore the complete line at The Magna-Tiles Shop on Amazon.
Alternative to Magna-Tiles
Less expensive than Magna-Tiles while maintaining solid build quality and versatility — PicassoTiles are a solid alternative at a good value. Visit the PicassoTiles Amazon Store for more magnet block building sets — like sets with a ferris wheel builder, educational alphabet animal and number graphics, vehicle builders, and a playful castle click-in stacking block playboards.
Bristle building blocks are used worldwide in preschools, pre-K, and by parents for developing dexterity, creativity, and team-building. We’re big fans of of the PicassoTiles brand in general and particularly like their Bristle Shape 3D Building Blocks Tiles Construction Toy Set (a mouthful, yes). This set is for ages 3 and up and includes 120 interconnecting pieces. Visit PicassoTiles Bristle Shape Store on Amazon for more options.
High-quality maple wood little blocks for cabin building for ages 3+. Invented in 1916, Lincoln Logs are a timeless classic. A STEM/STEAM learning toy long before the acronym was coined. Check out their 100th Anniversary Tin, featuring 111 real-wood pieces. For more Lincoln Log sets, visit the Lincoln Logs Store on Amazon.
The ultimate screen-time-freeing, hands-on toy for younger toddlers, the Melissa & Doug wooden building blocks set includes 100 blocks in nine shapes and four colors. The fundamental build toy: simple, limitless play combinations, natural material. Designed for ages 2 to 8 years.
For ages 2 and up, these large 40 play blocks are made of extra-thick cardboard, each supports up to 150 pounds. We’ve been longtime fans of the Melissa & Doug brand — they’re trusted by more than 60 million families and have been creating high-quality learning toys for over 30 years.
For kids 3 years old and up. We like how they easily interlock, their soft rounded edges for safety, and how kids can use them both inside and outdoors. Made in the USA.