Wooden block sets for toddlers are one of the most classic toys available that never go out of style. Blocks help toddlers develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, building and stacking skills, as well as patience and imagination, among other great benefits. Not only do wooden block sets for toddlers help with developing physically, they also help with cooperative learning and play, as well as number, letter, and color identification. There are many different wooden blocks available, but there are several that are higher-quality and more popular than others. Check out the ones we think are the best wooden blocks for a one-year-old.
Hardwood Classroom Building Shape Blocks- The 64-Piece hardwood block set is hand-crafted and designed for building different architectural configurations. Made from rubberwood, this set is super durable, and each piece has rounded corners for added safety. There are fourteen shapes included in the set that is also Greenguard Certified for reducing chemical pollutants. ECR4KIDS manufacturers these unit blocks, and one of the things we love best is the hardwood storage box that the pieces come in, which makes cleanup easy. These wooden blocks are recommended for toddlers age three and up, so make sure that your one-year-old plays with supervision. Fair warning, however, these blocks weight twenty pounds altogether!
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden ABC 123 Block Set- The wooden block set by Melissa & Doug is one of the most popular wooden block sets for toddlers and includes 50 one-inch blocks with the alphabet and numbers on them. We love Melissa & Doug’s developmental toys for toddlers and preschoolers, and these blocks are one of their best. The charming artwork is hand-painted, and the style is very traditional, making it suitable for all kids age two to four, but when our children were one, they got a lot of enjoyment from this set as well. If you don’t love this hardwood block set, you can call the Melissa & Doug company and take advantage of their happiness guarantee.
ABC Big Blocks- This hardwood block set has 48 blocks that are 1.75 inches each and have letters of the alphabet and numbers all painted with non-toxic paint and a vibrant finish. On two sides of each block, the letters are slightly raised and painted in cheerful red, blue, green, or yellow, with a border for emphasis. The ABC Big Blocks come packaged in a solid wood box with dovetail construction and a clear sliding lid that makes cleanup and storage easier than ever. These blocks are safe for young kids age 19 months and older and are perfect for learning letters, colors, and numbers.
Magnetic Wooden Block Set- This 14-piece starter set is the perfect set to start with to get your toddler’s Tegu collection started. These wooden blocks are magnetic and lead-free, non-toxic, and use a water-based lacquer finish. There are also no small parts, so you won’t need to worry about choking hazards. The reason we love these magnetic wooden blocks is that they are made to help children design shapes and formations that they wouldn’t usually be able to with classic wooden blocks. Tegu Toys are known for supporting child development through fine motor skills, pattern recognition, scale and depth perception, imaginative play, problem-solving, storytelling, and modeling. This Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set is perfect for kids age one and up and also comes in six different color design variations. Tegu is also a socially responsible company that seeks to bring social change to the nation of Honduras through job creation and responsible sourcing.
City Building Blocks- This super engaging wooden block set for toddlers comes with a cityscape playmat so that your toddler has the perfect setting for their towers, skyscrapers, police station, market, and other city buildings that can be created. The City Building Blocks Set is made by Hape, an Amazon Exclusive company, and was made using non-toxic, child-safe materials and finishes. A cylinder container with a lid is convenient and efficient for cleanup and storage. This block set for toddlers is one of our favorite architectural wooden block sets because of its imaginative design and basic shapes that can transform their playmat into a full, bustling city! You can even use cars, buses, and other accessories on the playmat to make playtime even more fun.
100-Piece Deluxe Stacking Toy Set by Imagination Generation- You won’t need any other block sets if you have this giant, 100-piece wooden block set by Imagination Generation. The megapack features nine shapes and five bright colors to engage a toddler’s imagination and built towers, castles, skyscrapers, bridges, and all sorts of other great architectural designs. All of the pieces fit into a canvas tote bag that is included so your toddler can easily have their blocks at Grandma’s house or with the babysitter. We transferred the blocks into a large tub and use the tote bag for grocery shopping, beach days, and other occasions that call for large, reusable canvas tote bags.
Wooden blocks are a great way to get your toddler’s imagination turning as they use the blocks to build, construct, and reinvent the world around them through a child’s eyes. Blocks are also great for cooperative play and can be a great way for you and your toddler to bond. The big kids in our family even enjoy pulling out the old wooden blocks and playing with their little siblings and cousins. Every household with children needs a set of unit blocks, architectural blocks, or wood blocks, and I hope that one of our recommendations is the perfect fit for your little ones!