24 building blocks for little architects

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Best building blocks for kids in Australia | Mum's Grapevine

Castle one day, cave the next; building blocks are timeless toys that inspire kids of all ages to think big.

Building blocks are three-dimensional toy bricks used by kids to create structures. Usually made with wood or plastic, they provide children with open-ended play while helping develop fine motor skills and creativity. And from Scandi designs to sensory options, block sets have never looked better.

To help you find the perfect blocks for your budding builder, we’ve listed the options available in Australia and handpicked a selection of brands that stack up.

Types of building blocks

Skandico Building Blocks

Wooden building blocks are traditional construction toys made from various hardwoods that come in a huge range of colours and shapes.

Magnetic building blocks are children’s play bricks or shapes that feature built-in magnets to help them stick together.

Foam building blocks are lightweight cubes and shapes made using high-density foam. They’re quiet when they topple and usually don’t have any sharp edges.

Sensory blocks are toy bricks that stimulate a child’s senses through sight, touch or sound. They may have see-through acrylic windows, built-in sounds or fascinating textures.

24 building block sets for budding architects

Check out our handy list of top brands to get little hands moving and the creativity flowing.

In no particular order, here are 24 building blocks for kids:

Raduga Grez

Raduga Grez Apartment Building Blocks

Raduga Grez Apartment Building Blocks ($219)

Designed in Russia and crafted from sustainably sourced wood and water-based paints, these quality stairs, arches, roofs and doors make a wonderful addition to your child’s collection. Branded as ‘apartment’ blocks, this is small-space living that’s big on x-factor.


BAJO

BAJO Block Set

BAJO 102-Piece Block Set ($170)

Suitable from 18 months of age, BAJO blocks are handcrafted in Poland using durable, sustainable wood. The set encourages recognition of colours and shapes – and with 102 pieces included, the imagination is the limit with what they’ll create.


Skandico

Skandico Building Blocks

Skandico Toys Castle Rainbow Building Blocks Set ($279.95)

Pass down rainbow fun to future generations with this joyful set that’s worth the investment. Handcrafted from Russian limewood, the sensory and inviting shapes are painted in a dazzling array of hues that still allow the natural wood grain to show through.


Jellystone

Jellystone Triblox

Jellystone Triblox Building Blocks ($39.95)

Made with toxic-free silicone, Triblox feature numbers and textured illustrations for increased learning during playtime. Machine-washable, squishy and perfectly sized for little hands, they come in sets of nine blocks and three glorious colour schemes.


Micki

Micki Mini Building Blocks

Micki Mini Building Blocks ($21.95)

Put this cute carton of cuties in their stocking and see them smile. With a contemporary take on traditional colours, your little one will love playing with these 20 smooth wooden blocks. Thanks to their convenient size they’re great for on-the-move play.


Zookabee

Zookabee Animal Building Blocks

Zookabee Wooden African Animal Building Blocks ($52)

Kids can enter an exciting pastel savannah and play for hours with this 50-piece set. Friendly African animal characters, warm natural blocks and non-toxic painted blocks with cute illustrations make this a great all-round set. Pride rock here they come!


Oyoy

Oyoy Wooden Blocks with Wagon

Oyoy Wooden Trolley And Blocks ($199)

They’ll be chuffed as a chariot owner carting this stunning trolley around the house. The shapes and shades are hard not to fall in love with, and after hours of fun constructing forts and facades, it all packs away so pleasingly for another day.


Jnr Life

Jnr Life Foam Play Shapes

Jnr Life Play Shapes (from $160)

Giant gelato-coloured stacking blocks they can sit, stand, climb and lie on – what could be better? Oversized and densely padded, the play shapes are made from pebble-textured fabric for an added sensory experience. Stacks of fun and modern decor. Win-win.


Tender Leaf Toys

Tenderleaf Toys Nursery Blocks

Tender Leaf Toys Nursery Blocks ($29.95)

Little hands will love these sensory blocks designed to surprise and delight in numerous ways. Cute, colourful and non-toxic, there’s a surprise bell and kaleidoscope. Packing away in its own drawstring bag, it’s perfect for travel too.

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Qtoys

QToys Bamboo Building Blocks

Qtoys Bamboo Building Set ($74.95)

Natural and sensory, no two pieces in this bamboo build set are exactly alike. They can build homes, shelters and platforms for gnomes and fairies as they enjoy calming quiet play. Organic and nature-inspired, this set is perfect for those who love a minimal aesthetic.


DJECO

Djeco Topanifarm Block Set

DJECO Topanifarm Blocks With Animals ($42.98)

Each box in this happy high rise helps toddlers learn counting, colours and spatial awareness, all the while housing the cutest characters. Not your average stacking cubes, the delightful illustrations and interactive element provide that extra dash of fun.

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Avdar

Avdar Candy Blocks Set

Avdar Candy Blocks Set ($99)

With colours sweet as candy that are almost good enough to eat, these quality limewood blocks are painted in non-toxic hues. Kids can create anything from castles to robots with these versatile shapes. A practical and beautiful addition to their playroom.


TickiT

TickiT Rainbow Blocks

TickiT Sensory Rainbow Blocks ($95.95)

Blocks with a difference? Yes, please! Large and easy to grab, each block features an acrylic window for little eyes to gaze through. Not just pretty, this set is brilliant for developing social and emotional skills through open-ended, colourful play.

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Kiko+ & GG

Kiko and GG Tsumiki Building Blocks

Kiko+ & GG Tsumiki Building Blocks House ($191.20)

This is the quaintest dwelling we’ve seen and we want to be at this address playing with these blocks! Lift the house-shaped magnetic cover to reveal blocks of all shapes and colours. The dog and key on a rope is enough to pull at our heartstrings.


Areaware

Areaware Blockitecture New York City

Areaware Blockitecture NYC Big Apple ($275)

Book a ticket to New York from your living room.  Kids can explore this iconic cityscape, from the highrises down to the rivers. They can be their own town planner – Central Park next to the Brooklyn Bridge? No worries!


Minmin CPH

Minmin CPH Architectural Blocks

Minmin CPH Architectural Blocks ($169)

In earthy tones, this set matches any child with a contemplative personality. We’re loving the delightfully different mix of shapes from conical to curved. And if we were ever shrunk down, we’d like to stroll through a city made of these.


Kapla

Kapla Black and White Planks

Kapla Black And White Planks ($59.95)

High-contrast and strikingly monochrome, these graphic planks come in a handy timber storage box. With 100 pieces in total, kids can learn perspective, create decorative constructions and explore the beauty of geometry – all in black and white.


Avdar

Avdar Castle Block Set

Avdar Castle Block Set ($169)

They’ll be the maharaja of the street with this noble building block set. Blending a natural scheme with pops of colour, many a palace, tower and turret can be constructed, whilst all being super pleasing to the eye. The merengue-shaped pieces are our favourite.


Regenbogenland

Regenbogenland Knights Castle Block Set

Regenbogenland Knights Castle ($420)

The regal colours and jewels are what will captivate them first, but the scope for creativity is where it’s at. In constructing and role-playing magical small worlds, kids can add other toys and figures to complete the scene.


Kubi Dubi

Kubu Dubi Pythagoras Blocks

Kubi Dubi Pythagoras Wooden Building Blocks ($112)

Each set comes with 31 wooden block shapes in various sizes. Squares, rectangles, triangles and semicircles come nested in a box but can be used to create anything from cities to boats to cars. They might be minimalist in colour but not so in scope for endless designs.


Liewood

Liewood Lars Blocks

Liewood Lars Building Blocks ($109)

Traditional first blocks with a Scandi twist and they’re as pleasing to the eye as they are to hold. Housed in a practical drawstring bag, these quality, high contrast cubes feature letters and illustrations for extra learning opportunities. Gorgeous!


Tegu

Tegu Building Blocks

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks 14pc ($88.83)

Children will experience a satisfying snap with each magnetic block that they connect together. This 14-piece hardwood set doesn’t mandate what they can create, rather gives suggestions and lets their imagination run as wild.

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Bikeho

Bikeho Building Blocks

Bikeho Building Blocks (from $149.90)

With a natural texture, each piece is handcrafted from a single piece of solid Alder wood and finished with food-safe oil. More complex than standard blocks, the irregular shapes give kids a chance to think about concepts like leverage and balance.


Goober Crayons

Goober Crayons Building Blocks

Goober Pocket Crayons ($51.50)

Is it a block, is it a crayon? Pocket-sized and too cool for school, kids can combine play, puzzles and art. Made from natural bean wax, they fit together like regular lego. The boxes are come in two themes and can be used as part of the play.


Are building blocks safe for children?

According to Product Safety Australia, building blocks are usually safe for children provided they have no splinters, small parts that pose a choking risk or sharp edges. Always refer to the manufacturer’s age recommendation before use.

At what age do kids use building blocks?

Provided they are safe and age-appropriate, babies as young as six months can enjoy swatting and rolling toy blocks. From 12 – 16 months, toddlers might attempt to stack blocks, and by preschool, many kids are attempting bigger builds and taller towers.

How do building blocks benefit kids?

Open-ended in nature, blocks help kids expand their creativity, hone motor skills, learn to share, experiment with cause and effect and improve problem-solving skills. They may be a simple toy, but their benefits are far-reaching.


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