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Blocks & Building Sets Buying Guide

From stackable soft foam shapes for infants to architectural kits for big kids, blocks and building sets offer creative fun for all.

Types of Blocks & Building Sets

From LEGOs and Tinker Toys to marble runs and wooden blocks, there are building sets to entertain children of every age and interest.

Alphabet

From introducing letters to spelling out first words, alphabet blocks are just as fun for stacking as they are for learning.
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Ryan's Room
$13.19 at Target.com

Ryan's Room Wooden Toys Bag O' ABC Blocks Ryan's Room Wooden Toys Bag O' ABC Blocks feature wooden blocks. Each block has letters,... figures and illustrations. Bright colors and raised letters make these blocks very interesting. A drawstring bag helps to store and transport the blocks easily. This toy promotes creativity and boosts self-confidence through play. Age: 3 years and up Features Blocks with bright colors Raised letters on the blocks for developing language and vocabulary skills Includes drawstring bag for easy storage and transport Encourages creativity and builds self confidence through play Recommended Ages:3 – 7 Read More

Melissa & Doug
$11.99 at Target.com

Hours of timeless block play await your toddler! This is a wonderful set of 50 traditionally styled alphabet blocks with hand-pain...ted artwork. Featuring solid wood blocks with a colorful collection of pictures, letters and numbers for recognition, matching, stacking and sorting. A tremendous value that will last for years! Conveniently stores in an included pouch. Read More

Melissa & Doug
$14.99 at Target.com

Hours of timeless block play await your toddler! This sturdy, wooden block cart, features 30 solid wood blocks with a colorful col...lection of pictures, letters and numbers for recognition and matching, stacking and sorting. A tremendous value that will last for years! Read More

Blocks

Made from wood, plastic, or plush material, blocks improve cognition, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.
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edushape
$31.99 at Target.com

Established in 1983 edushape LTD. is a leading manufacturer of Educational toys and games for toddlers to second graders. During 1...999 edushape entered to a new phase of developing unique and exciting new products for infants and toddlers under the age of 3 years. This new and enhanced section is all based upon the unique materials in which edushape is specialized. As always these products have been carefully developed manufactured and selected by a team of professional educators and marketers. edushape's products are pleasant to touch colorful color-fast non-toxic and eye-catching. Over the years edushape remains committed to producing high quality toys. All our toys and games meet all international safety requirements (CE ASTM standards) mandatory for toys. One of the best things about being young is discovery. edushape is continually looking for and selecting toys that offer the greatest opportunity for creative play and learning. Children learn through seeing hearing touching and movement as well as fantasy role-playing and creativity. Because of this we offer fun innovative toys that will encourage children in these endeavors. Soft Safe foam blocks that look like Real Wood! Set Includes: 1 reusable Zip-Tote bag 80 block pieces 1 3/8 thick assorted unit block shapes and sizes. For age 12M+ Read More

edushape
$29.99 $35.99 at Target.com

edushape 8260 - X Soft and flexible, the Mini Edublocks infant and toddler toy is exclusively designed for an architects grip. Thi...s set of colorful, bendable building blocks offers hours of constructive play while building essential fine motor skills. Features: -Available in 26 or 52 piece sets -Blue, Green, Red and Yellow flexible blocks -Recommended for ages 12 months and up -Develops fine motor skills Quantity: 26 Piece Set Read More

Hanz
$39.99 at Target.com

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TAIZHOU ZHONGTIAN PLASTIC .CO.INC
$34.99 at Kmart

Foster your children's imagination and creative expression with Artec's revolutionary new block design! A cube with square holes o...n each face, and a single, connecting stud located off-center. Unlike traditional building blocks, which can only be stacked, an Artec Block can be connected in all directions. Horizontal, vertical and even diagonal connections are possible for unparalleled ease and freedom. The possibilities are endless in the structures, animals and shapes you can make! Read More

Building Sets

Buildings sets are collections of pieces that fit together, allowing your little builder to construct and create.
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POOF-Slinky
$28.99 at Target.com

Your child will create a world of fun with this Ideal Frontier Logs 160-piece building set.

K'nex
$14.99 at Target.com

Use Classic K'NEX pieces to build the Transport Chopper with motor! Build the Transport Chopper with 341 pieces and turn on its mo...tor to watch its chopper blades take off! Or build the alternate helicopter or fixed wing airplane, both with working propellers! Uses 2 AA batteries, not included. All classic rods and connectors are made in the USA. Read More

K'nex
$11.39 at Target.com

K'NEX Nintendo Mario and Standard Kart Building Set K'NEX Nintendo Mario and Standard Kart Building Set includes 65 pieces. It hel...ps build Mario and his Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii. It is a toy that helps children play with its imagination. Enjoy and race with your friends. Why You'll Love It: Kids who are fond of Mario and his kart will be delighted with this toy. Age: 6 years and up Features Build Mario and his Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii Pull back motorized action 65 pieces, including mushroom item Re-usable ramp package Special components made in China and packaged in china Creative open ended play Family fun toy Educational benefits Includes Buildable Mario figure A banana peel item Pull back motor K'NEX pieces to build standard kart Read More

Erector Sets

Erector is a brand of traditionally metal building toys that now also offers plastic components for younger builders. Some Erector sets also come with a battery-operated motor to add movement to usersí creations.
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Schylling
$49.95 at Train Party

Create a totally awesome train model with the Erector Build & Play Set. This novel construction kit comes with 130 flexible and st...ron parts. The easy-to-use parts and easy-to-follow manual will make building the 6 included model projects (including the train shown in the picture) a great experience for young engineer. This classic build & play train toy set is sure to challenge imagination, inspire observation, build logical thinking of your train lover. There is no better way to build genius. High quality construction set. Build this train and 6 other models included in this item with detailed instructions. Meets current CPSC/ASTM guidelines. No Lead or Toxic elements. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Read More

Fat Brain Toys
$30.99 $31.00 at Fat Brain Toys

Enables children to build their first Erector models!

Train Party
$49.95 at Train Party

Create a totally awesome train model with the Erector Build & Play Set. This novel construction kit comes with 130 flexible and st...ron parts. The easy-to-use parts and easy-to-follow manual will make building the 6 included model projects (including the train shown in the picture) a great experience for young engineer. This classic build & play train toy set is sure to challenge imagination, inspire observation, build logical thinking of your train lover. There is no better way to build genius. High quality construction set. Build this train and 6 other models included in this item with detailed instructions. Meets current CPSC/ASTM guidelines. No Lead or Toxic elements. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Read More

Gears

Colorful cogs that fit together, gear toys transfer motion from one piece to the next.
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Smart Gear Toys
$42.00 $69.99 at Kmart

Creative Gravity Play. More than a classic wooden ball run. The Wonderworld 2 Way Flipper set comes with 11 separate rubber wood t...rix and track components which slot onto 41 orange blocks and 4 colored wooden balls. Easy locking system keeps your creation stable while you build your maze. With your imagination there are endless configuration possibilities. Specially designed bricks are made from a combination of recycled saw dust and food grade plastic so it is durable. Combine with other Trix Track sets to create even larger tracks, more tricks and endless fun! 56 piece set including 4 Trix and 4 colored wooden balls.-56 piece set-ENCOURAGES IMAGINATION & ORIGINALITY-PROMOTOES INTELLECT & SKILLS-PROMOTOES SPATIAL PERCEPTION, CREATIVITY AND CONCENTRATION Made in Thailand from rubberwood and strictly using Non-Toxic Paints, Dyes and Lacquers and Formaldehyde Free Glue. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper. Read More

Smart Gear Toys
$28.50 $49.99 at Kmart

Creative Gravity Play. More than a classic wooden ball run. Join the wooden blocks together to create a sturdy ball run with a rac...ing element. The Wonderworld Throw & Roll includes a launcher, special roller and ball, which race down the track. Easy locking system keeps your creation stable while you build your maze. With your imagination there are endless configuration possibilities. Specially designed bricks are made from a combination of recycled saw dust and food grade plastic so it is durable. Combine with other Trix Track sets to create even larger tracks, more tricks and endless fun! 25 piece set including 3 Trix and 1 colored wooden ball.-25 piece set-ENCOURAGES IMAGINATION & ORIGINALITY-PROMOTOES INTELLECT & SKILLS-PROMOTOES SPATIAL PERCEPTION, CREATIVITY AND CONCENTRATION-Made in Thailand from rubberwood and strictly using Non-Toxic Paints, Dyes and Lacquers and Formaldehyde Free Glue. Packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper. Read More

Smart Gear Toys
$44.99 at Kmart

Click 'N Play is a unique buildable, movable, transforming, interactive toy set. IMAGINATION & ORIGINALITY - Children can make hun...dreds of different sets of creatures with this transforming kit. This will develop their imaginations and and sense of originality while having fun! Read More

Smart Gear Toys
$44.99 at Kmart

Click 'N Play is a unique buildable, movable, transforming, interactive toy set. IMAGINATION & ORIGINALITY - Children can make hun...dreds of different sets of creatures with this transforming kit. This will develop their imaginations and and sense of originality while having fun! Read More

LEGOS

A collection of interlocking blocks and pieces, LEGOs click together to create an endless array of vehicles and structures.
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Star Wars
$48.99 at Target.com

Lego Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter Lead the Rebels into intergalactic battle with this X-Wing Starfighter! Featuring wings that fol...d into attack mode, the most iconic vehicle of the Star Wars universe returns to turn the tide in the battle against the evil Empire. It includes four mini-figures, including Luke Skywalker, Jek Porkins, R2-D2 and R5-D8, and other parts to make either Red 5 or Red 6. What You Get X-Wing set Lego Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter Features Measures 12L Features folding wings, proton torpedoes, retractable landing gear and an opening cockpit Accessories include a blaster, a lightsaber, and extra wing markings Great to battle the Lego TIE Fighter (sold separately) Notes Ages 8 to 14. Read More

LEGO
$54.98 at Target.com

(spend $50, get free shipping) Find building kits and sets at Target.com! There's twice the adventure packed into this incredible ...lego, duplo jake's treasure hunt and jake's pirate ship bucky bundle! Your child will love sending his miniature jake up the rotating lookout tower to look out for captain hook, firing the cannon and hoisting the flag to evade villains on the interactive pirate ship. When jake returns to his cool island hideout the adventure continues as he stashes away his golden treasure and hops aboard his getaway boat to once again evade the menacing villains. Lego duplo sets are specially designed with young creators in mind with larger bricks that are easier for little hands to... Read More

LEGO
$209.99 at Target.com

Create highly advanced designs with this LEGO Architecture Studio Toy Building Set. This construction set is designed for fans age... 16 and up. Create, explore and experiment as you release your inner architect and explore a world of endless creative possibilities. This LEGO building set contains more than 1,200 building bricks. It also comes with an inspirational guidebook that is filled with tips, techniques and hands-on exercises that can help aspiring architects strengthen their skills. This building set has been endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects and many other well-known industry leaders. The guidebook that is included with this LEGO bricks set was written in collaboration with an assortment of leading architects. Create your very own unique buildings and let your imagination grow with your design with this advanced building set. Read More

LEGO
$29.99 at Target.com

Presenting the LEGO Architecture interpretation of one of the most iconic landmarks ever constructed &mdahs; The Eiffel Tower! Des...igned and built by French entrepreneur, Gustave Eiffel, the 324-meter-tall masterpiece formed the grand entrance to the 1889 World's Fair. During construction, the 18,038 wrought iron elements making up the tower's lattice structure were bolted together at Eiffel's factory before being transported to the site, hoisted into place by steam-powered cranes operating from the elevator shafts and assembled using 2.5 million individual rivets. The resulting structure was extremely rigid and has withstood storms, floods and everything else mother nature has thrown at it. Today, The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most popular landmarks, attracting millions of visitors from around the world each year. Read More

Magnetic

Magnetic building sets use the power of magnets to hold pieces together.
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Guidecraft
$20.99 $24.95 at Kmart

PowerClix Magnetic 3D Building System from Guidecraft lets you explore and build endless models with the easy click 'n connect sys...tem. Super-strong magnetic force creates a quick connection for fast, simple and powerful 3D modeling. Build bridges, skyscrapers, animals and more. Colorful translucent plastics, unique geometric shapes and extender rods allow for open-ended, creativity-inspiring constructions. The PowerClix Activity Guide gives young builders step-by-step instructions on how to create a variety of models while teaching them the basics of science, construction and engineering. Read More

House of Toys
$44.99 at Kmart

2012 European Preschool Toy award finalist! Fantastic design let's you create your own marble run on wooden tracks in any given va...riation. Use your imagination for endless possibilities. The reverse side is a classic chalkboard. Complete with eight magnetic wooden pieces and a magnetic musical piece. Educational & classic toy. Read More

Chinaberry
$29.95 at Chinaberry

Creative possibilities abound with Imaginets, a set of brightly colored magnetic pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The Company Store
$65.00 at TheCompanyStore.com

Child's wooden blocks with magnets.Colorful wood blocks in a variety of sizes.Set of 24 blocks in assorted sizes and shapes, from ...1 x 1 to 4 x 1 x Non-toxic finish.For all ages.Imported.Wipe clean. These blocks have a unique design that gives them magic power each of the colorful wo Read More

Marble Runs

These sets require logic and creativity, with users fashioning paths for marbles with tubes and other unique pieces.

Tinker Toys

Comprising spools, wheels, and dowels, Tinker Toys are joined together with couplers or by using the holes in its various pieces.

Transformers

This line of robots can transform into various vehicles, including cars, trucks, and airplanes.
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Young Explorers
$17.99 $27.95 at Young Explorers

Award Winner Information Transformed by the Sun! Amazing Transforming Solar Robot Kit is powered by the sun, helping kids see the ...light on solar energy! Kids build each robot, place it in the sun (or any other light source), and watch it come to life as it walks or rolls right before their eyes! Transforms into 3 awesome creations: Robot, Scorpion and Tank. No batteries required! Approx. 5" each. Award Winner. Ages 10+. Read More

BeallsFlorida.com
$28.00 $40.00 at BeallsFlorida.com

Build the ultimate dark Energon weapon! The Kre-O Transformers Stealth Bumblebee Vehicle Kit includes 257 building pieces and 4 fi...gures. 2-in-1 kit builds a sports car or robot. WARNING: Choking hazard - small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs., Kids' Clothing,Toys & Gifts,Building Sets & Blocks Read More

Hobby Builders Supply/miniatures.com
$32.99 at Hobby Builders Supply/miniatures.com

A safe and convenient power source for any dollhouse or miniature room! All Cir-Kit transformers are designed to plug directly int...o a powered outlet, thus eliminating the need of building a special transformer enclosure. Contains a built-in thermal circuit breaker, making them virtually burnout proof. In the event of an overload or short, the thermal breaker simply opens and removes voltage until the unit cools. After cooling, the breaker resets itself and automatically reapplies voltage to the output. The 12V/20W Plug-in Transformer outputs DC current.2 3/8"W x 3"H x 1 15/16"D Read More

Hobby Builders Supply/miniatures.com
$25.99 at Hobby Builders Supply/miniatures.com

A safe and convenient power source for any dollhouse or miniature room! All Cir-Kit transformers are designed to plug directly int...o a powered outlet, thus eliminating the need of building a special transformer enclosure. Contains a built-in thermal circuit breaker, making them virtually burnout proof. In the event of an overload or short, the thermal breaker simply opens and removes voltage until the unit cools. After cooling, the breaker resets itself and automatically reapplies voltage to the output. The 12V/10W Plug-in Transformer outputs DC current. 2"W x 2 7/16"H x 2"D Read More

Wooden Toys

Wooden blocks and building sets vary from the traditional square or rectangular pieces to modern versions with a variety of shapes and sizes.
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POOF-Slinky
$28.99 at Target.com

Your child will create a world of fun with this Ideal Frontier Logs 160-piece building set.

K'nex
$14.99 at Target.com

Use Classic K'NEX pieces to build the Transport Chopper with motor! Build the Transport Chopper with 341 pieces and turn on its mo...tor to watch its chopper blades take off! Or build the alternate helicopter or fixed wing airplane, both with working propellers! Uses 2 AA batteries, not included. All classic rods and connectors are made in the USA. Read More

K'nex
$11.39 at Target.com

K'NEX Nintendo Mario and Standard Kart Building Set K'NEX Nintendo Mario and Standard Kart Building Set includes 65 pieces. It hel...ps build Mario and his Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii. It is a toy that helps children play with its imagination. Enjoy and race with your friends. Why You'll Love It: Kids who are fond of Mario and his kart will be delighted with this toy. Age: 6 years and up Features Build Mario and his Standard Kart from Mario Kart Wii Pull back motorized action 65 pieces, including mushroom item Re-usable ramp package Special components made in China and packaged in china Creative open ended play Family fun toy Educational benefits Includes Buildable Mario figure A banana peel item Pull back motor K'NEX pieces to build standard kart Read More

Product Features

Trying to decide which building set is best? Look for options that are durable, age-appropriate, and flexible enough in use so that your child wonít quickly tire of them.

Alphabet

All alphabet blocks have letters on them, but many also include numbers, animals, math symbols, animals, or other pictures. They also come in a variety of sizes and materials.

Blocks

Blocks are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. They may be blank or have letters, numbers, words, or images on them. Some even come with a storage container.

Building Sets

Building sets are available in a variety of materials and styles. Some include a collection of similar-shaped pieces, while others offer a mix. Pieces may sit on top of each other, click together, or join together through a connector or other method. Some building sets come with battery-operated gears or motors that bring the creations to life.

Erector Sets

Erector sets come with a variety of metal and plastic pieces that, by using tiny wrenches, ratchets, and screwdrivers, users connect to form cars, robots, machines, and more. Some sets are designed to build a single model, while other come with instructions to create multiple models. Since the pieces are small, most Erector sets are intended for kids 7 years and older, although there are some sets for children over 5 years of age.

Gears

Some gear sets come with bases and connectors; others attach to magnetic surfaces (such as a refrigerator) or to an included magnetic board. Sets come with hand-held cranks to move the gears, while others include battery-operated pieces that set the gears into motion.

LEGOs

Perhaps the most famous type of building block, LEGOs come in a variety of themes, including Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Superheroes, Cars, City, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The company also makes larger-sized DUPLO blocks for younger children, as well as the more complex Technics line of toy vehicles.

Magnetic

Magnetic building sets are available in foam, plastic, wood, or metal. Some sets include a collection of triangles, rectangles, and squares, while others contain magnetic balls.

Marble Runs

While most marble run sets come in plastic, there are also wooden versions. Sets usually come with a few marbles and include a variety of bases, chutes, tubes, loops, drops, and spinners; expansion packs with additional pieces are also available. Since these toys include small marbles, they are best for kids over the age of 3.

Tinker Toys

Available in the original wood and new colored-plastic versions, Tinker Toys include directions on how to make a few different structures, but also allow for plenty of open play. Most sets are geared for kids 3 years old and up.

Transformers

Transformers can be played with in either their robot or vehicle form, doubling their fun.

Wooden Toys

Wooden toys offer a look and feel that some parents prefer. Some versions are also made from sustainably grown wood, rendering them a more environmentally sensitive choice that plastic.

Purchase Considerations

Before you buy blocks or building sets, keep in mind the productís durability, recommended age range, storage needs, and ability to be used in different ways by children of various ages.

Durable

Look for blocks and building sets that offer different levels of enjoyment and will last as long as she is interested in them.

Storage

Most building sets include lots of tiny pieces but no storage container, so consider how to best keep them together.

Recommended Age Range

Some building sets include tiny pieces that may not be suitable for small children. Be sure to check the recommended age range for each product.

Piece Size

Buying a set for a younger child? Look for building sets with large pieces, which are easier for little hands to grab and connect.
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