Updated on May 4, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Blocks help little ones take turns, increase their attention span, develop their self-esteem and help them explore imaginative play.
Your toddler will quickly develop their fine and gross motor skills while engaging in block play. Below are the block sets that are our top favorites!
Towards the end of the article we also have some helpful FAQs about block sets.
Please note: due to unusually high demand, a lot of these products are selling out fast! 🙁
The Best Toddler Block Sets For All Ages
(Best Budget Buy & Best for Young Toddlers – $)
Why it’s great: This block set is great for both babies and toddlers. It comes with very soft blocks that are not harmful for babies. It comes with 10 blocks that they can stack up all the way to the top. They squeeze, squeak and are perfect if your child is a nibbler or chewer. This set encourages early learning, teaches colors and numbers, in addition to hand-eye coordination.
Keep in mind: A few parents have complained of the blocks acquiring mold. Keep in mind this is possible if you get them wet and don’t allow them to completely dry all the way.
Good for: Babies and toddlers.
(Great First Building Set – $)
Why it’s great: This building activity set reminds me of your 80s classic-colored blocks. It included shapes, is perfect for tiny hands, encourages hands-on play for development, and comes with a storage bag so you can easily clean up. Your toddlers can combine these blocks with other mega block sets so they can build even higher! My daughter loves building tall towers with her building blocks.
Keep in mind: Sometimes the blocks don’t stay connected together as well as you’d hope. But that is why they are a great first building set because of the ease of connecting them.
Good for: Ages 1-5 years old.
(Best Wooden Block Set & Most Educational – $$$)
Why it’s great: This block set is a great set of solid wood blocks that will help your toddler build their language and problem-solving skills the Montessori way. It comes with 70 pieces that will piece together to make over 20 activities for different stages. You’ll get several different years of learning and development through this block set.
Keep in mind: This block set is on the pricier side. But considering how many stages of learning that it provides, we’ve found it’s well worth the money and you’ll definitely get great use out of it for many years.
Good for: Different stages of learning with Montessori techniques.
(Great Storage – $)
Why it’s great: This is actually the current building block set that my daughter uses. My mom gifted it to her as a Christmas gift and she plays with them every single day. This set comes with 81 building blocks so you can build animals, vehicles, towers, basically anything your toddler will imagine. One of my favorite features is that you can combine this set with other LeapFrog sets. One of the sets has a Smart Star cube that will play music, phrases, and enhance their learning content. The Smart Star cube is not included in this box set.
Keep in mind: When my daughter plays with these blocks, she dumps them EVERYWHERE. Even though this set comes with a box for storage, we are always losing blocks and they’re scattered throughout the house. My suggestion would be to have your toddler play with them in a small area.
Good for: Toddler boys and girl ages 2 and up.
(Most Lightweight – $$)
Why it’s great: This cardboard block set is one of the most durable block sets. They are made of extra-thick cardboard and can hold all the way up to 150 pounds! They are lightweight and easy for toddlers to stack. This block set comes with instructions and has an easy-fold assembly.
Keep in mind: This block set is a little pricier than most, but worth it for their durability.
Good for: Toddler’s ages 2 to 5.
(Best for Learning the Alphabet & Numbers – $$)
Why it’s great: This block set is made from imported wood from Australia, comes with 40 pieces with ABCs, and also comes with a storage bag for easy cleanup. Each block is pained and carved with capital letters, numbers, and different math symbols. This block set is great for stacking, building with the imagination, and counting. It’s made of 100% natural wood and encourages problem-solving skills and early learning.
Keep in mind: The mesh storage bag is a bit cheap as it only uses Velcro to close and doesn’t come with any drawstrings. Some parents have complained of some blocks missing numbers.
Good for: learning the alphabet and counting.
(Best STEM toy – $$)
Why it’s great: This set of blocks makes for a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activity. It comes with 70 pieces that includes different shapes and sizes. All pieces are magnetic, with the large sized magnets, making it easier for quicker building. Its new design is designed to avoid scratches, keep its color, and to keep its smooth surfaces. This block set is made of safe magnet material and is durable. This activity will develop your toddler’s color and shape recognition, imagination, creativity, and design capabilities.
Keep in mind: This set does not come with a storage bag. A block set with this many pieces would be better if it had one, so I recommend purchasing a separate storage bag if you choose to go with the magnetic block set. Other than that, this set is amazing!
Good for: shape and color recognition as well as imaginative play.
FAQ’s about toddler block sets
1. What are the best blocks for toddlers?
In my experience, the best type of blocks for toddlers are blocks that promote learning. Blocks that promote the alphabet, numbers, and color learning would be my go-to. Also, you want to make sure that the blocks are big enough for your toddler to easily grip. At this age, they still want to put objects in their mouth so also make sure that they are not too small and are toxic free.
2. What age do toddlers play with blocks?
Toddlers start playing with blocks typically around 15 months of age. At this age, they are learning how to stack and build. Around 18 months they’ll be able to stack towers of 3 blocks without your help. By the time your toddler turns 2, he/she will be able to build six or seven blocks without your help. My daughter is an overachiever so she stacks them as high as she can get it until they all fall (HAHA).
3. How do building blocks help my toddler’s development?
As your toddler starts to play with building blocks, they gain cognitive benefits. Building blocks can boost your toddler’s creativity, encourage matching, counting, and sorting. Playing with blocks is beneficial for their physical, emotional, and social development, along with their cognitive.
It represents symbolization, comparison, following sequences, and logical reasoning. Your toddler can also learn about size, order, different shapes, numbers, estimating, and operations. Experts say if your child can learn through a healthy platform, they will find learning comes more easily.
4. What age are wooden blocks good for?
Wooden blocks should be good for toddlers ages 18 months – 3 years old. By the time your child reaches the toddler stage, they are ready to use smaller wooden blocks, pattern blocks, or even blocks with magnets. Wooden block sets will help develop spatial and mental rotation skills.
In conclusion, block sets are very important for your toddler’s development. It teaches them to play independently and enhances their learning development. They will learn to problem solve, use self-expression, learn mathematics by counting, continuity, creativity, science, self-esteem, social and emotional growth, and development in all areas.
They say that the less a toy does, the more they will learn from it. These building block sets can also help you, as a parent, engage with your child by participating yourself. In the beginning, toddlers will get more out of their play when they have an adult there to talk with them about spatial ideas. You can also encourage cooperative building projects, challenge them with building tasks, and stimulate their interest by incorporating other toys.
When weighing your options in finding the perfect block set for your child, keep in mind safety, price, and storage. My least favorite part about block play is the mess that comes later! I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent hunting around the house looking for blocks and cleaning them up. It may be inconvenient for us, but just know that your toddler is reaping all of its educational benefits.