A question a lot of parents ask, is what are the best building blocks I can buy my child?
In today's article, we will share some of our ranges and also make recommendations on which set might be right for your child.
Building blocks, as you would know, are a foundation toy that no little one should be without. They are wonderful for developing motor skills, spatial awareness, and confidence for your children.
There are many to choose from. Including magnetic blocks, blocks that aren’t quite blocks, wooden, rubber and cardboard building blocks.
So let us start!
K’s Kids Knock Building Blocks. These beautiful little coloured soft blocks are made for babies and toddlers. There are little peek-a-boo windows and house type shapes, so your little one can have hours of fun.
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks - Suitable from baby to adult. Beautiful blocks let your child create some unique structures from little birds to weightlifters. Fun for any age. For our whole Tegu range, please click here.
Kapla Planks - Suitable from three years + is a wonderful wooden construction toy encouraging children to learn about the inherent power of the mathematic ratio and its application to architecture.
Plan Toys 50 Blocks - Suitable for two years + this set is a combination of natural wood and colours. Great for stimulating your child's imagination.
Melissa and Doug Wooden ABC and 123 Building Blocks. Hand painted artwork, numbers, letters, and images on the one set. It just makes this set not only economical, but a wonderful learning toy.
Fatbrain Toys Tobbles Neo. We love this one. Your child can have the blocks wiggle, spin, stack, and balance even when the second block is bigger than the first. Not quite blocks, because they are not round. But they do everything blocks do and more.
We feel this is a wonderful way to show children there are many solutions to any problem and many options.
They are easy for Babies to hold, and we feel one of the best stacking toys on the market.
Hape Maple Building Block Set - Another beautiful little wooden and coloured block set.
Hape ABC Building Blocks - Ok so you caught us out, we have more than one Hape set of building blocks. Why? Well, value for money and quality these are great building blocks for your children.
Suitable from 2 years + they are great blocks to own.
Melissa and Doug Alphabet Truck - Yes an alphabet truck set. I mean who does not want a truck with so they can carry their building blocks from one room to another :)
Hape Fantasia Stacking Block Train. A train set that you can stack the colourful building blocks on also carries from room to room. These little blocks are also great at building fine motor skills for your child.
Fat Brain Toys Squigz. This colourful little set won “Best in Play International Toyfair 2013, Parenting Magazine.”
Not a classical set of building blocks, the variety of options and they way the stick together for your little one are amazing. For the lateral thinking little one. Suitable three years +
Hape Fantasy Castle - A 22 piece building block set that you can make into a castle. Need we say more?
Hape Undersea Building Blocks - Want an octopus in your blocks? Ok. How about a starfish? You get the idea. Just a novel way for your child to have more fun with building blocks. Suitable from 2 years +
Now you know just how many blocks there are to choose from. Of course at the outset of the article we stated that we would also make recommendations.
Now the simplest way to do this is to let you know is what we have bought or own children, and what we wish we also had :)
Having a 2-year-old and four-year-old, we bought a couple of sets for each of them.
Our experience with building blocks and each of our children has been very different.
Our daughter gets the greatest sense of achievement by building towers. And once they were complete we would sit there either counting the numbers with her or explaining the letters and words.
The Melissa and Doug Wooden 123 Building Blocks, Hape ABC were the ones we initially used with Sienna. She loved them, and she still does today at the age of 4.
With our son, he was lucky because when he was born so was our toy store. For him, he got some of the latest building blocks as well as the benefit of using some of Sienna’s.
Little Zach loves his Tegu, which was perfect for him even as a one-year-old. They are beautiful little wooden blocks that connect via magnets and safe from baby right through the ages.
He also loves Fatbrain Tobbles Neo because of the shape and how easy they are for his little hand to hold.
But you know what he loves most of all, knocking them all down. A bit like his father when he was young.
We have personally hand selected every building block in our range like we were choosing them for our children.
No matter which one you decide on you will be happy. Whether learning the alphabet, numbers or how to stack. We have a building block for every occasion and every munchkin. For our whole range of blocks, please click here.
Why? Well, because learning should be fun.
Got more questions, ask away..
At KidzInc, we have been selling Digibirds since they first came on the market in Australia. Chosen as the girls toy of the year for 2014, they were all the rage at Christmas and have still continued as one of our highest selling most popular low-cost toys.
Even though they have been very popular with little girls, many boys love playing with them too including our son. In the video below we caught our little Digibirds in the wild as they sang while the parquets ate some lunch.
The amazing thing about the Digibirds is just how life like they can appear. Now do not get us wrong, they are every bit a toy, but you feel like you are watching a little bird, even though you know it is not. After watching the video, you will see that even the parquets were happy to have them around and unfazed by their singing.
We have the loved this little bird from the beginning, and it is great for helping children connect with and fall in love with nature. The different tunes the Digibirds can also sing introduces your little one to different applications of music, and music itself.
The Digibirds come in some amazing colours and selections, and there is a colour to suit every child.
We see this as only the beginning of life like pet toys for children, and we will continually keep you informed of all developments in this area.
In case you do not know, the Digibirds either come as individual items or with their little cage or a bird house.
The little Digibirds sing alone, or in a choir with their friends, and you can also download additional songs from the Digibird site.
Of course, as you would expect they have their app. The app unlocks four secret bonus songs for the Digibirds and also has mini games you can play to unlock 14 more secret songs.
Each of the Digibirds come with batteries so your child can start playing immediately, and also come with a spare set. After all is that not the way, all toys should be.
The Digibirds also have some great accessories, and you can purchase a fun playhouse mentioned above with a seesaw or birdcage. Yes, a seesaw, just in case the need a little relaxation time.
There are 12 Digibirds to choose from and no matter which one you select we know you will be happy with your purchase.
If you have any questions at all about the Digibirds, you are welcome to drop us a line or call +61 2 9968 1192.
The full collection of Digibirds can be seen by clicking here.
We are proud to stock an extensive range of Hape Wooden Toys. The craftsmanship that goes into each piece, there is no doubt that each and every one of the Hape Toys are made with love.
When we first bought our daughter the Hape Guitar, we were not sure what to expect. The beautiful little Guitar that turned up exceeded all our expectations. Not to mention that of our daughter's expectations.
One of my Husbands favourites in the range is the Hape Rock and Rhythm Band, and this is a Christmas present for our son and Dad :).
For the real little ones, the Hape little red rider is very popular and can be used as a car or as a walker. It is very versatile, and it will be the envy of every little kid. This little Hape Red Walker won the 2014 Toy of the Year Award in Finland.
Hape happens to be a global leader in high-quality and bamboo toys. They are one of the largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials.
They are very particular about design, production, and packaging. This shows in their workmanship.
Our collection of Hape Wooden Toys is building every day, and we currently carry over 100 of their products.
So whether it is a Hape Fridge, Marble run Quadrilla Autobahn or Quadrilla Cyclone set or Hape Little Plane you are after we will have them in stock.
As you are probably aware, all of the Hape toys are brilliant for child development. Dependent, of course, on the product you select will depend on the area they impact most.
This can range from developing motor skills, math skill, cognitive skills, through to social skills.
For us at KidzInc it is not only critical that the toys we sell are of the highest quality, but they must also add something to the child’s life skills.
We feel learning should be fun, not one time, but every single day. Even as adults, because when it enjoyable we all learn quicker.
Our little one’s are little sponges, and the absorb everything so quickly that is why having the right toys is critical.
We know Hape toys fit this ideal, and we are proud to sell them. For the complete range please click here.
For anyone that knows the Sylvanian Families well, you will know that one of the prized pieces is the Sylvanian Families Beechwood Hall.
Perhaps like us you originally started with the Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage and added a few items here and there.
But as you build the Sylvanian Families story, you know that the Beechwood Hall it a critical piece to have in the village.
My husband originally bought our daughter the Sylvanian Families Cosy Cottage. He was out shopping with her one day when she was only two.
Since that point, we have consistently added to our collection. One of the most practical and enjoyable pieces is the Sylvanian Families Beechwood Hall.
It is the versatility of the Beechwood Hall that makes it such a practical addition. It starts to build that village atmosphere.
You can place the Sylvanian Families pieces into all sorts of positions and places within the hall. It has a balcony and decking area, and five rooms that you can decorate.
The decking area can also be flipped around and turned its grass for those fun occasions.
The Sylvanian Families Beechwood hall also has two lights so you can use it for that night time events and entertainment.
It was one of those grand pieces that you just enjoy the more you play with it and decorate it.
When we added the Sylvanian Families Beechwood Hall to our collection, it just felt like the village was coming to life.
Now as I mentioned we originally started with the Sylvanian families cosy cottage starter home.
If you are new to the Sylvanian families range than the cosy cottage starter home is a great place to start.
This was our first piece as I mentioned, and we have been very happy with it. The Sylvanian families cosy cottage comes with Freya Chocolate Rabbit, a bed, table and chairs, oven, sink and accessories.
It is two levels as well, or what might call a loft. So there is two distinct areas to set up a bedroom and living room. It is wonderful little toy to start your collection out with.
Sylvanian families are continually adding to their collection. In 2014, they released some wonderful pieces just in time for Christmas.
Some the new pieces in 2014 include the Sylvanian families Country Doctor, just in case you need one for those medical emergencies. You know the ones where you eat too much at Christmas.
Sylvanian families Toy Shop. You are probably not surprised that we like this one:)
Sylvanian families Supermarket. Of course, you need to ensure you have all the food you need for Christmas.
If you would like to see all of the new pieces for 2014, you can click through to our new collection here.
I also forgot to mention they have also updated the Sylvanian families Cottage Starter Home. So if this is where you begin you will be getting the latest edition.
If you would like to see the full collection of Sylvanian Families, you can click through here.
So if you are looking to add the next piece to your village story and been thinking about the Sylvanian families Beechwood Hall, you will be very happy.
Or you are starting your story then the Sylvanian families cosy cottage starter home is a great place to begin.