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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.

Blocks

Made from wood, plastic, or plush material, blocks improve cognition, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.

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Brio
$22.99 $16.99

Stacking is fun and easy with this Brio Magnetic Building Blocks Set. Magnetic blocks Builds hand-eye coordination What's Included... 6 magnetic cubes 2 magnetic balls Ages: 12 months & up Imported Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. read more

$199.00

: Treehouse Play Set - We've scaled down the classic treehouse from Camp Wandawega to fit into your kid's playroom. Our Treehouse ...Play Set is made from wood, it's handpainted, and it features plenty of rooms for small dolls. Part of our exclusive Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection. -Nod exclusive -Part of our Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection -Based on an actual treehouse at Camp Wandawega, WI -Dollhouse coordinates with our set of 8 Camping Buddies critters sold separately *Safety Features* -Please carry the house from the bottom -Adult supervision is needed to move this item since it's heavy *Materials* -Recycled pine wood, paper mache, rattan and jute twine -Handpainted with water-based paints *Care Instructions* -Wipe clean with a dry cloth *Age Range* -3 and up read more

$169.00

Building Blocks: Big Box of Colorful Wooden Blocks - We named this set of beautiful, handmade blocks The Big Box of Colorful Block...s because it's a big box full of colorful blocks, and because our copywriter was on vacation when it was time to name it. Simple, classic design and heirloom quality make this a toy that can be passed along from generation to generation. - Designed by Grimm's, who believe creativity develops the imagination and free spirit - Waldorf School-inspired - Includes 62 various shaped blocks packaged in a wooden storage tray - Individual block sizes range from 1.5-4.5" long - Color blocks can be used as a puzzle, or to build towers or buildings - Handmade in Germany *Materials* - Wood *Age Range* - 3 and up read more

$199.00

Building Blocks: Large The Greater Pyramid Wooden Block Set - Let your little ones build their own, multicolored wonder of the wor...ld. And just like the Great Pyramid in Egypt, the blocks' solid construction ensures it'll last through the generations. *Product Details* - Made by Grimm's, who believe creativity develops the imagination and free spirit - Set features 100 blocks ranging in height from 2.5" to 7.75" - Waldorf education-inspired - Each piece is handmade and hand sanded so there are no sharp edges or corners - Beautifully rich colors - Can be stored in its sturdy wooden tray *Materials* - Basswood blocks colored with water based dyes and natural oils - Tray is made of basswood and beech plywood *Age Range* - 3 and up 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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Melissa & Doug
$12.99 $11.04

Watch the product video here. Knob-and-socket connections provide resistance for growing motor skills and finger strength Helps wi...th color recognition and sequencing Set includes: 12 Pop Blocs & pop-on inchworm face 3H x 7W x 10D (packaged) Ages 6 months & up Model no. 9179 Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Infant. Material: Plastic. read more

Brio
$22.99 $16.99

Stacking is fun and easy with this Brio Magnetic Building Blocks Set. Magnetic blocks Builds hand-eye coordination What's Included... 6 magnetic cubes 2 magnetic balls Ages: 12 months & up Imported Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. read more

$199.00

: Treehouse Play Set - We've scaled down the classic treehouse from Camp Wandawega to fit into your kid's playroom. Our Treehouse ...Play Set is made from wood, it's handpainted, and it features plenty of rooms for small dolls. Part of our exclusive Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection. -Nod exclusive -Part of our Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection -Based on an actual treehouse at Camp Wandawega, WI -Dollhouse coordinates with our set of 8 Camping Buddies critters sold separately *Safety Features* -Please carry the house from the bottom -Adult supervision is needed to move this item since it's heavy *Materials* -Recycled pine wood, paper mache, rattan and jute twine -Handpainted with water-based paints *Care Instructions* -Wipe clean with a dry cloth *Age Range* -3 and up read more

Plus
$39.99

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! Plus-Plus is a new kind of construction toy. Its one simple shape produces endless poss...ibilities - assemble them flat to create a 2-D mosaic or work in 3-D to make more complicated structures. Even curves are possible thanks to the unique design of this deceptively simple shape! This set contains 760 bricks as well as instructions to make a fire truck. A great way to get kids started with Plus-Plus! Safe for ages 3 and up, and endless fun for a broad range of ages. Designed and Manufactured in Denmark. Bpa- and phthalate-free. Gender: Unisex. 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 users’ creations.

Gears

Colorful cogs that fit together, gear toys transfer motion from one piece to the next.

LEGOS

A collection of interlocking blocks and pieces, LEGOs click together to create an endless array of vehicles and structures.

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KidKraft
$145.99 $137.99

KidKraft toys provide versatile playtime fun. The double-sided design of this activity table features a Lego compatible surface an...d train playset. Shop our full line of KidKraft toys for other entertaining essentials. In multi.KidKraft toys provide versatile playtime fun. The double-sided design of this activity table features a Lego compatible surface and train playset. Shop our full line of KidKraft toys for other entertaining essentials. In multi. Sturdy construction ensures years of enjoyment. Details: Includes: table, 200 Lego compatible blocks & 30-piece train set 16H x 23W x 25D Ages 3 years & up Wood Some assembly required Manufacturer's 90-day limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model no. 17577 Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. Material: Wood. read more

Lego
$77.99

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! Lego Winter Toy Shop 10249 Gender: Unisex.

LEGO
$85.00

Build your own unique timepiece with this customizable Lego skull watch system for adults. Comes in a gift box.Features Includes: ...watch, extra bezel & 8 extra links Water resistance: 100 meters Screw-down caseback Case & Display White dial with skull graphic Black hands & markers Face cover: mineral crystal Case: white PVC-free plastic Bezels: white / black Caseback: stainless steel 42-mm diameter Band Plastic links: white / black / blue / green Push-button deployment clasp 180-mm circumference 22-mm width Details Quartz movement Battery power Manufacturer's 2-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model no. Lego-9007552 Size: One size. Color: White. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Pattern: Graphic. Material: Plastic. read more

LEGO
$34.99 $31.49

Multicolored interchangeable links, a constructible demonstration clock and activity cards make this girls' Lego Time Teacher watc...h a fun and easy tool for learning to tell time.Multicolored interchangeable links, a constructible demonstration clock and activity cards make this girls' Lego Time Teacher watch a fun and easy tool for learning to tell time.Product Overview: 84-piece set includes: Lego links in assorted colors, built-in minifigure, watch case, demonstration clock & activity cards Dial: white with red & yellow hands, & yellow Arabic numerals Water resistance: 50 meters Movement: quartz Watch power type: battery Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here Model no. 9005039 Construction: Case material/color: pink Caseback: PVC-free plastic Band material/color: pink & purple links (adjustable) Ages 6 years & up Nonfunctional demonstraction clock is for time-teaching only. Size: One size. Color: Pink. Gender: Female. Age Group: Kids. Material: Quartz/Plastic. read more

Magnetic

Magnetic building sets use the power of magnets to hold pieces together.

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Brio
$22.99 $16.99

Stacking is fun and easy with this Brio Magnetic Building Blocks Set. Magnetic blocks Builds hand-eye coordination What's Included... 6 magnetic cubes 2 magnetic balls Ages: 12 months & up Imported Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. read more

Tegu
$65.00

The 24 peice set is an introductory building set. It comes with 4 medium columns, 4 short planks, 6 long planks, 4 mega planks, 2 ...parallelograms, and 4 cubesAges 0+Warning: this product contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can cause complications leading to serious infections and death. Seek immediate attentions if magnets are swallowed or inhaled.Tegu blocks are designed in the USA and purposefully made in Honduras using FSC-ceritified Honduran hardwoods. They are eco-friendly, and made using safe, non-toxic, water based lacquers (for colors and clear coats). Tegu blocks are heirloom quality toys and meant to be passed from generation to generation.Dimensions: Short plank is 2.36 x 1.18 x 0.3 in. Long plank is 4.72 x 1.18 x 0.3 in. Mega plank is 8.26 x 1.18 x 0.3 in. Medium column is 1.18 x 1.18 x 3.54 in. Cube is 1.18 x 1.18 x 1.18 in. Parallelogram is 1.5 x 1.18 x 0.82 in. All sizes are safe for 0+.Care: Not for use in water. Do not play with around computers or leave outside. Use damp cloth to clean. read more

Magformers
$87.99

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! Create futuristic airplanes and space rockets with the Magformers Transform set. Use 9 ...different geometric shapes to transform your ideas into life! Use accessories to clip in propellers and satellites and watch your 3-D builds fly! Features • 9 geometric shapes. • 7 accessories. • Build idea booklet. • Compatible with all Magformers shapes and accessories. • Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity. • BPA Free Hqabs Plastic. Gender: Unisex. read more

Tegu
$30.00

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! •Meet Magbot, an automated friend who’s ready to help you with whatever you need! In a ...quest to be human, this playful pal often falls to pieces, but the best part is creating new and different things every time thanks to the power of hidden magnets! Can Magbot exhaust your imagination? Magbot includes 9 blocks in 6 shapes: 2 Long Planks, 2 Short Planks, 2 Treads, 1 Magbot Head, 1 Torso, and 1 Wheel Gender: Unisex. 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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Transformers
$99.00 $76.49

Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Bruticus Collection Pack : Age Range: 8 years and up Includes 6 figures, poster, collector ...card, 10 accessories and instructions Combiner Wars Bruticus Pack includes 6 Combaticons figures Figures combine to build... read more

Magformers
$87.99

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! Create futuristic airplanes and space rockets with the Magformers Transform set. Use 9 ...different geometric shapes to transform your ideas into life! Use accessories to clip in propellers and satellites and watch your 3-D builds fly! Features • 9 geometric shapes. • 7 accessories. • Build idea booklet. • Compatible with all Magformers shapes and accessories. • Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity. • BPA Free Hqabs Plastic. Gender: Unisex. read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
$49.99

Find Building Kits and Sets at Target.com! Transforming Turtle Mech. The Kraang are about to be shell-shocked when Mikey suits up ...in his Turtle tech suit and goes on the offensive with the Transforming Turtle Mech by Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Build the team’s towering, Turtle-powered robot, then send the Kraang back to Dimension X when you activate its mechanical arms! The mech features arm attachments like a rotating claw and the button-activated missile launcher. When the Kraangdroids start running scared, hunt them down by transforming the Turtle Mech into a ferocious vehicle and roll out on the chase! The buildable Turtle mech can hold up to four micro action figures, sold separately. Ideal for ages 7 and up. Features: • Buildable Turtle Mech with rotating claw arm and button-activated missile-launcher • Mech transforms into a rolling vehicle that seats one micro action figure • Turtle Mech holds up to four Turtle micro action figures, sold separately • Three buildable micro action figures include one Michelangelo, and two Kraangdroids, each with their own accessories • Connect with other Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets and build the Turtles’ world from the sewers up! Gender: Unisex. read more

Magformers
$119.99 $83.99

Create futuristic airplanes and space rockets with this Magformers set.Watch the product video here. 9 geometric shapes 7 accessor...ies Pieces in multiple colors for more colorful creations Intelligent magnetic design 54-piece Age: 3 years & up BPA-free Hqabs plastic, neodymium magnets Combine with other Magformers (sold separately) to build bigger & better Model number: 63089 Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. 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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Melissa & Doug
$12.99 $11.04

Watch the product video here. Knob-and-socket connections provide resistance for growing motor skills and finger strength Helps wi...th color recognition and sequencing Set includes: 12 Pop Blocs & pop-on inchworm face 3H x 7W x 10D (packaged) Ages 6 months & up Model no. 9179 Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Infant. Material: Plastic. read more

Brio
$22.99 $16.99

Stacking is fun and easy with this Brio Magnetic Building Blocks Set. Magnetic blocks Builds hand-eye coordination What's Included... 6 magnetic cubes 2 magnetic balls Ages: 12 months & up Imported Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. read more

Melissa & Doug
$24.99 $21.24

These bright and colorful blocks from Melissa & Doug will encourage creative stacking and building while adding to playtime fu...n! Sturdy wood design Introduces part-whole concept Includes: 1 cart & 36 blocks 13.00"H x 12.60"W x 2.55"D Age: 3 years & up Model No. 4209 Size: One size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. Material: Wood. read more

$199.00

: Treehouse Play Set - We've scaled down the classic treehouse from Camp Wandawega to fit into your kid's playroom. Our Treehouse ...Play Set is made from wood, it's handpainted, and it features plenty of rooms for small dolls. Part of our exclusive Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection. -Nod exclusive -Part of our Camp Wandawega for Nod Collection -Based on an actual treehouse at Camp Wandawega, WI -Dollhouse coordinates with our set of 8 Camping Buddies critters sold separately *Safety Features* -Please carry the house from the bottom -Adult supervision is needed to move this item since it's heavy *Materials* -Recycled pine wood, paper mache, rattan and jute twine -Handpainted with water-based paints *Care Instructions* -Wipe clean with a dry cloth *Age Range* -3 and up 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 won’t 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 product’s 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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