My boys have always loved to build. As they get older, they are always trying to make bigger, stronger, more complex designs. We are pretty brand specific about our building toys, because although we have tried a lot of different types of blocks and bricks, not all building toys are the same in quality. Here’s our top 5 build toy brands!
Good wooden blocks for older builders are not easy to find. Many of the ones in preschools are good quality, but they are a bit clunky for elementary school builders. Alex Toys sent us some Citiblocs to try out and we were so impressed! The boxes have a generous amount of pieces for a reasonable price, but we want to buy more because we have had so much fun building and they are sturdy so we can build tall buildings.
We built a car and lots of tall towers with ours. We like how they stack like logs, alternating direction to provide more support.
The Magformers were top of my middle son’s holiday list this year. One set of his grandparents found a large set on lightning deal, but a set like this would be a great set for any builder.
We have had Magna-Tiles for about 4 years and they are used on a near daily basis by all the boys. They allow kids to create anything they can imagine (e.g., parking garages, houses, roads), though I strongly suggest getting at least 100 pieces for any child 4 and older.
I am fairly sure that the LEGO company has receive half of my yearly salary since my oldest started building real sets at 4. This year, he is all about LEGO Star Wars. He has saved his money for the last year, and is halfway to his goal of buying his dream set:
What are your little builders’ favorite construction materials?
Disclosure: Alex Toys provided products for review to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.