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Few toys offer the versatility and long-term enjoyment as blocks. Sure, baby blocks seem simple, but that's the beauty of it! A staple of Montessori classrooms and playrooms, (and daycares, preschools, doctor's offices..) blocks offer children of all ages an unparalleled way to learn and explore.
From building spatial awareness and fine motor skills to helping them develop problem solving and hand-eye coordination, even the youngest babies benefit from playing with blocks. (Yes, that includes gnawing on them!) As they grow, blocks offer toddlers a way to be creative and spark imagination while also teaching simple (and even complex!) math skills.
Whether you're on the hunt for soft blocks for newborns or more traditional wooden toy blocks that can endure the rough and tumble play of toddlers, here are some of the best toy blocks on the market.
Best Blocks for Baby
Best Blocks for Toddlers
A version of this story was published September 1, 2021. It has been updated.