The Best Toy Blocks for Learning while Playing
There are so many different types of toy blocks on the market today. Each one has the ability to engage the child and stimulate them in a distinct way. Some encourage creativity while others work on fine motor skills.
There are also blocks that can teach kids about numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. One thing is common among all of them – they are educational and fun at the same time!
Blocks can keep a child focused while giving them a goal to attain. Playing with blocks can also help enhance concentration levels, mental development and discipline. Let’s now have a look at the different types of blocks that kids can use to learn new skills while having fun at the same time.
1. Classic Building Blocks
Classic Building Blocks are generally natural or colored wooden blocks that don’t come with any holes, pegs or interlocking mechanisms. They are flat and simply stack up on each other until they get too high and fall off.
These are great for a baby or toddler as they make a perfect first set of blocks for babies and toddlers up to 18 months of age. Classic blocks are easy to use and do not need to be manipulated.
Normally, you can find the ELC Wooden Bricks or Melissa and Doug Wood Blocks which are designed for the younger toddlers. If you want to go one step further, you can try out the Uncle Goose handmade wooden blocks available at EcoToys in Dubai, UAE which come with alphabets, letters and pictures in 26 different languages.
2. Interlocking Blocks
Interlocking Blocks come with grooves, holes and pegs which are designed to fit with other pieces in the set. These are made for toddlers above 18 months of age, including pre-school kids. As they need to be manipulated to fit into each other, these toys require good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
These blocks are also more satisfying for kids as they don’t fall off. Kids can stack the blocks to build houses and buildings or use them to design their own cars, trucks, robots and so on. Lego and Matador are two examples of brands that utilize this system.
The Matador Baby Architect in particular, is made from natural uncolored wood, which gives each block a smooth surface and greater durability while making them safe for kids to use.
3. Construction kits
These toys help in improving fine motor skills, creativity, concentration and comprehension of technical concepts. Playing with these kits encourages teamwork as friends and parents can get together to explore new designs.
The Matador wooden construction kits come with holes, plugs, hammers, pliers and wheels which make them easier for kids to use and grasp. The Ki range is for kids 3 years and up while the Klassik is for kids 5 years and up.
4. 3D Magnetic Color Blocks
Playmags or Magnatiles and similar toys have very attractive and inviting colors. These blocks are designed with magnets that can attract on all sides. By playing with these blocks, kids can learn about geometric shapes, symmetry, architecture, and basic math concepts.
Planks are very versatile and you can build almost anything with them. In a plank set, each plank is exactly the same. It’s great for children of all ages. The pieces can be used to build creative structures.
These are only a few examples of toy blocks that are great for kids. While you’re here, check out our range of educational wooden toys.