As speech therapists we are obsessed with building toys. Not only does it encourage fine motor skills, but we also get a lot of language out of our children. They can ask for “block” and “more”. They can practice prepositions such as “on top” and adjectives such as “tall”. Here are some of our favorites!
Mega Bloks by First Builders – they are big enough for tiny hands and your child can build the tallest towers without help!
LEGO DUPLO My First Lego Sets – these are smaller, but still appropriate for our toddlers (with supervision due to size!)… they are great since they have themes such as ice cream, transportation, animals, and lots more!
Wedgits – we loves these due to the wedge like shape… it makes it easier to stack and children are mesmerized by them!
Magna-Tiles – these are more appropriate for 3 and up, but we find that toddlers love that they are magnetic… you can show them how to build a tower or basic house – so many possibilities! They’re also great on a light table since you can see through them!
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Tiles – the key is magnetic AND wooden here – we love how they are made and they are easily manipulated by teeny tiny hands! Paint one of your walls with magnetic paint and use these against the wall.