Building blocks are one of the great classic toys. Almost every child is lucky enough to get wooden building blocks to play with. I think they are an all time favorite toy because building blocks have so many developmental benefits for the child. Blocks are also great for lasting along time and sharing between multiple children. They can appeal at the most basic level to toddlers but they have potential to captivate adults as well because we all love to build and create. First, I will talk about some of the benefits of a wooden block set. Then I will share five cool, unusual types of building blocks for kids.
This post on designer building blocks is sponsored by Oh! Toys and shows some of the best types of building blocks available.
Benefits Of A Wooden Block Set
Wooden building blocks are great because they help children learn dexterity, hand eye coordination, problem solving, and even the basic laws of physics- all while they are having a great time! Your child will learn about spatial relations and gravity as he plays without even realizing he is doing so.
Wooden building blocks encourage imagination and creativity as a child plans what to build and problem solves as they discover what will and won’t work. Children and adults alike also feel a sense of pride as they see what the child can build.
Building blocks are even great for developing communication skills as a child describes his building plans and tells you about his creation. Building blocks can be great tools for teaching math concepts and organizational skills.
Wooden building blocks have a great weight for building with. Wood is also safe and durable. Wooden blocks look great and are more eco-friendly than plastic or foam blocks. Wooden blocks can be passed down from generation to generation.
Types Of Wooden Building Blocks For Kids
There are so many fabulous wooden building block sets. Here are few unique wooden building blocks that have a twist- a little something extra special! Prepare to be impressed by some pretty awesome building block sets!
Bibros Building Blocks
Bibros is a wonderful, small wooden block set that, despite its simple design, lets you build unusual and attractive constructions in a small space. Four different European woods (nut tree, wild service tree, maple, and oiled beech) lend their colors and grain to the elegant Bibros building blocks. Bibros blocks can be arranged in a 2D flat way to make cool designs as well as in a 3D way to make unusual structures. The 24 Bibros blocks come in cloth bag for easy storage.
Groupius Natural Wooden Construction Blocks
The blocks are named after Walter Gropius of Germany’s Bauhaus School of Art and Design. The unique form of the Groupius block, repeated 12 times in the set, allows for endless combinations and constructions.
The Gropius small, desktop building set is made from beautifully finished European Maple. Based on the work of architect Walter Gropius, this simple design will astonish you with its possible combinations. The only limit is your imagination. Groupius wooden building blocks are a beautiful small-scale construction toy for small play spaces (or desktop), it makes a great gift for the child with design on the mind, or the design-conscious grown-up! Endless creative possibilities in 3D construction with these beautiful blocks.
Totem 24 Designer Building Blocks
Totem blocks provide a creative outlet for the architect or designer in children and adults. These designer building blocks are carefully crafted in Italy from fine grain European Maple, the Totem blocks interlock and stack in unusual ways that lend themselves to creativity.
Award-winning Tsumiki Blocks, imported from Japan. The innovative shapes and beautiful finish in this wooden construction toy set let you create shapes and structures way beyond the conventional wooden block set. Unlike the simple geometric shapes of standard kindergarten blocks, these have unique angles, notches and curves. Younger builders will find them unique embellishments to castles or fantasy creatures. Advanced block-builders will discover many unexpected ways the unusual shapes can be combined make structures that are true works of art. Worthy of space on a display shelf or coffee table, these blocks will invite frequent rearrangement and provide visual pleasure and entertainment. Tsumiki 34 wooden blocks come in a wooden storage tray that my kids love putting them away into as they fit like a puzzle!
Pyrom Designer Blocks
I don’t know if I would actually call these building blocks since they have a base but I would call them designer blocks and you can build some cool stuff! PYROM lets you experience the fascinating beauty of geometry and design, all while playing. The blocks themselves are based on rhombic dodecahedrons so all kinds of patterns and 3D shapes can be created.
All of these wooden building blocks for kids are available at Oh Toys!
We all know building blocks are fun but they are educational too! Building blocks can help your child with early motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They can also teach many principles of physics as kids learn cause and effect as well as creative thinking and to plan ahead. As kids play together and interact with other children and parents they also develop social skills, language skills, and a sense of pride in their accomplishments. Designer building blocks take things to a whole extra level as they engage the parents more and last longer as the child’s developmental stages change. Which blocks for kids are your favorite?