Introduce children to different shapes, textures and colours with our essential children’s building blocks. These building blocks provide your little ones time to think independently as they build and help improve their fine and gross motor skills.
Our children’s building blocks introduce children to different shapes, textures and colours making them an essential resource for any early years setting.
Building blocks provide your little ones time to think independently as they build and help improve fine and gross motor skills. As children build with these building blocks they utilise their imagination at the fullest capacity as they create their structures, discover new shapes and see new colours. Our building blocks also encourage children to collaborate, giving them the confidence to express themselves as they discuss with their friends what to build. Building blocks also put children in a position to practice their problem-solving skills, constructing with irregularly shaped building blocks and mixing and matching bricks will get them thinking about how it all fits together to create a building.
As they engage in block play they get a grasp of basic mathematic and scientific concepts including shapes, sizes, gravity, symmetry, balance and estimation. Whilst they move and stack blocks they develop a better sense of spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination through stacking, lifting and moving blocks with their whole body.
The possibilities for play are endless with our children’s building blocks. Your little ones can add in alternative resources including dough, small world people, paints and pencils to extend play time and creativity.
Our range of children’s building blocks and bricks includes plastic blocks, traditional wooden building blocks and foam building blocks, which come in a variety of shapes (square, triangular, circular e.t.c), sizes, colours and materials (wood, plastic and foam pieces) and are suitable for use in the home, in preschools, nurseries, daycare centres or any other early years setting.
Our range of traditional wooden building blocks comes in a range of sizes and colours to choose from. Choose from our popular Hollow Blocks range, sensory wooden blocks with mirrors, coloured glass, liquids and sounds, rainbow wooden blocks and much more. Our selection also includes a range of natural building blocks made from reclaimed free bark and bamboo. These blocks are great for building towers, skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, building scenes, role-playing and much more!
Our range of foam building blocks includes soft giant multicoloured foam building blocks, breeze blocks, play bricks, foam wooden planks, and giant foam bricks. These foam building blocks are softer and tend to be better for younger children as they offer great levels of safety. Our foam building blocks are perfect for basic stacking, water play, pretend play, role play, and even creating obstacle courses.
Last but not least we have a range of plastic bricks and building bricks which includes exciting inflatable construction sets, translucent building blocks, sensory rainbow bricks, soft bricks, large bricks and building bricks for role play. These play bricks are perfect for creating architectural designs, creating scenes for mini-figures, and creating vehicles and adventure scenes!
There are many areas that children can develop through building blocks, these include:
The benefit of building blocks is that it is such a versatile activity that can begin as soon as a child is able to grasp and manipulate toys. This is typically around 6 months to one year old.
From 6 months to 1 year old, babies can start to explore their environment through touch and can begin with soft, squeeze blocks or large wooden or plastic blocks that are designed to be easy to hold and stack. At this age, exploring textures, tastes and simple interactions like banging blocks together is perfect.
From 1 to 2 years, children can engage in more structured play such as stacking and knocking down blocks. Large foam or wooden blocks that are interlocking are great as they are big enough to not pose a choking hazard, and are generally easier to manipulate.
From 2 to 3 years, children have more developed motor control and are able to build taller towers and more complex structures. Utilising blocks of different shapes and colours is great for adding an element of sorting and pattern-making.
From 3 to 5 years, children will be able to handle smaller and more detailed blocks. This is a great time to introduce children to simple plastic interlocking blocks. They can also follow patterns or pictures to create specific structures or use blocks for imaginative play.
Yes, building blocks can be safe for kids if they are designed with child safety in mind. Below are some safety considerations to remember when selecting building blocks for children.
Potential as a choking hazard: you should ensure that you choose blocks that are appropriate for a child’s age. For younger children, large and softer blocks will be more suitable. This is to prevent blocks from being ingested.
Material: blocks should be made from a non-toxic material as children tend to explore textures using their mouths.
Smooth edges: blocks should be well sanded and have no sharp edges that could cause splinters, cuts or injuries.
Durable: they should be durable enough not easily to break. This will prevent small pieces from coming off and becoming choking hazards.
Washable: blocks should be easy to clean as they will get dirty during play. This is important to stop the spread of germs between users and children.
Adult supervision: with younger children, adult supervision is a must to ensure safe play and to intervene if a child tries to put a small block in their mouth
Creating a safe play area: the play area for children construct be clean and secure, with soft surfaces to minimise injuries from falls.