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Building toys for kids to encourage fine motor skills

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Not only are building toys great fun for boys and girls but there are plenty of benefits for your youngster too. Building toys help children to develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and reasoning, which we reckon is more than enough reasons to stock up your child's toybox with them.

To point you in the right direction, we've pulled together the very best building toys for your youngster across a range of price points. 

The best building toys for kids

This much-loved building set combines a variety of different coloured and shaped bricks that children can stick, stack and construct with easy to assemble pieces that lock together any way they fancy. The packaging doubles as a handy storage container to keep all the bits together. 

Review: "Great buy, I bought these for my 15 month old. I loved these as a child so I wanted him to experience them too.
Love the use of imagination when playing with these."

This magnetic building kit recieves rave reviews from parents on Amazon. The set contains 100 pieces of different geometrical shapes and patterns with bright colors that your child will instantly be drawn to. The bigger magnets are easy for little hands to hold as well as being durable with raised the edges to avoid scratch problems.

Review: "What can I say.... four hours after receiving this, my children (aged 10, 5 and 4) are STILL playing with it and I felt compelled to write a review. I’ve even ordered another pack that will arrive tomorrow (thank you amazon prime) so they can get even more creative (and hopefully not argue over who has the most pieces as much!) So much fun for the adults too - a great way to play and interact with your child. I will be buying more of this for birthday presents for friends children, every child needs this in their life!"

With over 90 pieces colourful shaped blocks, this building toy can be combined into all manner or random shapes such as flowers, animals, cars and more. Easily snapping together and designed to withstand rough play, your little one can explore their wild imagination while developing their cognitive and practical abilities. 

Review: "This toy was a hit, not just because of the beautiful colours, but a bit like the beloved Magna Tiles, the creative opportunities it offers. They can make wonderful shapes with these. They are very good quality with a nice weight to them and easy to handle by little fingers. Challenging enough without being too difficult for the 3 year old. Both the 5 and 3 year old love them."

If your little one loves cars, this set is the one for them as it comes with high quality building blocks and four, allowing your child to assemble different 3D models and they can then can push and continue to play with. 

Review: "Absolutely brilliant! My extremely hard to please 3 year old has been playing with this all day, he loves it!
Good quality as well."

Keeps your child entertained for hours with this 96 piece set which can be interlinked together to build models such as robots, brontosaurus or stegosaurus. Great for both solo and teamwork play, the VATOS wooden building blocks are designed with smooth round edges as well as also made from recyclable non-toxic beech.

Review: "This is a fantastic product for children who love creating things and building. My little girl is 2 and a half and loves it. She needed help as it is quite fiddly to put the nut and bolts together and tighten them up but we loved making to robot with her. It's ideal for encouraging children's imagination and fine motor skills."

These bright primary-coloured blocks encourage hands-on exploration for your child to imagine and create. Compatible with all Mega Bloks First Builders sets for endless building possibilities, it comes with an attachable wheelbase to create cars and trucks of all colours and sizes. And when playtime is over, zip the blocks up in an eco-friendly bag and stash them in the toy box until next time.

Review: "These are great blocks. To start with my son just liked to throw them around but after being shown how they work a few times he now likes to do basic stacking. He’s still only 14 months so I like that these are a toy that he will likely use for a few more years."

A good option for very small children, DUPLO has been popular with kids for generations. With easy-to-hold pieces that excite imaginations and encourage open-ended play, this kit includes 1-to-5 number bricks with simple instructions that show how to build models with the toddler-friendly bricks.

Review: "Bought for grandson to add to his duplo collection. As always the Lego brand is a quality product. Can make numerous items and build with other lego products."

There's a whole lot for your youngster to enjoy in this set that includes 70 pieces in 18 colors, 18 shapes and tools including arches, wheels, cylinders, rolling ramps, and a shape sorter. Phew! Bound to keep your little one busy for ages, watch as they design towns, towers, and bridges, build a pull car for mobile play, learn new shapes and colours, stack it up and watch it tumble, play pretend, or make a domino trail.

Review: "This is top quality stuff, and the wee girl loves it. It's well thought out, with lots of nice touches like the magnetic axles to build the box into a little truck. It is not cheap, but I can't argue with the design or the build quality. Would recommend to anyone who can afford to get it! Delivery was fast and efficient. All in all a great product."

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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