10 Best Gifts for Toddlers who Love Building Toys
Built on the shoulders and success of Lego, building toys have come along way and are extremely popular for all ages, even toddlers. From the basic wooden building blocks to magnetic shapes, the best building toys for toddlers are those that are easy to hold, stack and put together. A lot of the coolest building toys are for older kids, and have too many small parts for our darling little ones, but here is a selection of the best picks for toddlers and you’ll be surprised just how cool and interesting some of them are.
B. Bristle Block Spinaroos
The soft pieces of the B. Bristle Block Spinaroos are gentle to little hands, making them delightful options for building toys for toddlers. The pieces connect together in hundreds of fun and colorful ways, allowing toddlers from ages 2 and up to enjoy building interesting and colorful creatures and animals. This set includes 75 pieces; a storage box is included for easy cleanup. The included booklet provides ideas and inspiration.
Magformers Standard Set
Give kids a toy that will make them think but inspire creative re-thinking as well. These kinds of construction toys for toddlers are educational while also providing fun play. This Magformers set includes 62 pieces that include a variety of shapes and sizes; all pieces are magnetic and allow for hundreds of different designs and styles. Add additional Magformers sets to this set for unlimited building variations.
Guidecraft Grippies Builders
Ideal for little hands, the Grippies Builders set are the kinds of construction toys for toddlers that introduce engineering concepts in a fun and creative way. This 30-piece set includes 4 different textures on the oversized rods and balls. Designed for children ages 18 months and up, Grippies encourages creative play in children while introducing kids to basic STEM concepts. Children can create a wide variety of designs and shapes while learning these important concepts.
Lauri Tall-Stacker Pegs & Pegboard Set
Let toddlers do the thing they always want to do, build a tall tower with this Lauri Tall-Stacker Pegs & Pegboard Set. Kids can push the tall-stacker pegs into the pegboard and create designs or tall towers. The pegboard features 36 holes for endless combinations. Toddlers can learn not only basic building concepts, but they can practice color matching and sorting, addition and subtraction and fine motor skills with this toy.
Gift givers looking for building toys for toddlers that will provide hours of play should look no further than this Edushape EduBlocks. Toddlers can’t get enough of building towers and forts and this set, with the jumbo interlocking blocks that provide for unlimited building possibilities, will entertain for hours. These blocks encourage the development of gross motor skills and also allow toddlers to work on their colors and color matching. Toddlers might even be challenged by matching and working with different sizes.
ALEX Toys Big Stack Cardboard Blocks
Colorful and fun, these ALEX Toys Big Stack Cardboard Blocks for toddlers provide hours of solo or companion playtime. These simple cardboard box blocks are printed in colorful and fun designs, are offered in a variety of sizes, and hold up to 120 pounds so when kids start climbing they won’t damage the blocks. The different designs make for fun matching and mismatching; the set includes 24 small, 8 medium and 8 large cardboard boxes.
Mega Bloks Play-n-Go Wagon
The best building toys for toddlers are by far the ones that offer some kind of storage system. The Mega Bloks Play-n-Go Wagon includes storage in the form of a wagon so kids can pull their blocks from one space to another. The top folds out into a base tray for building, making this set a versatile and creative winner. Best of all, for the construction-minded young toddler, this wagon picks up the blocks when you pull it. Kids can build, pull a wagon, and pick up their toys all at once. This set includes 20 blocks but is compatible with all Mega Blocks sets for more building fun.
Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set
The Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set is fun for all ages and the little suckers stick to just about anything. This set includes 24 silicone pieces that can be stuck to bathtubs, glass tables, lockers and windows. Thanks to the versatility of this set, kids can pack these and take them on the road, perhaps even making use of them on long car rides.
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Building
Building toys for toddlers that educate are always in demand. LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train lets kids build several different designs with this train themed set and learn numbers and colors as they play. Not as easy to stick together as Mega Bloks, so ideal for ages 18 months and up. Duplo is a building toy that kids never get tired of and is great for older and younger kids to play together.
Melissa & Doug 100 Wooden Blocks
No toy collection would be complete without a set of wooden blocks for toddlers. Ideal for teaching counting and shapes, toddlers can also improve their hand-eye coordination and sharpen their fine and gross motor skills. This Melissa & Doug wooden block set includes 100 smooth-sanded and finished blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Hape – City Building Blocks
If your looking for building blocks that are a little different, then Hape’s City Building Blocks are a good choice. There are 22 pieces with enchanting brightly designed patterns, that will probably appeal more the parents. Cute and fun to play with, these building blocks for toddlers would make a cool gift.
Hape – Early Explorer Basic Builder Set
If your toddler is a little more advanced, you might want to try Hape’s Early Explorer Basic Builder Set. A building toy for a budding carpenter, kids can screw together nuts and bolts to make fun imaginary objects with the tools provided. This building and construction toy helps kids with their hand eye coordination, and is a fun activity that parents and kids can enjoy together.