Parents today will try anything to boost baby brain power. From baby flash cards to classical music to educational DVDs and iPhone apps; parents want their child to have a developmental jump start. You don't have to try so hard! Turns out, babies and toddlers who play with good old fashioned building blocks score better on cognitive development tests than kids who don't get to stack blocks. Blocks help with hand eye coordination, and they stimulate imaginative play and encourage kids to work together. Not to mention, plain old blocks are much safer than electronic learning toys and unlike flash cards, your kid won't chew blocks to bits. With this in mind, here are seven excellent eco-friendly and colorful building block set choices for your little builder.
These genius Water Blocks aren’t just pretty, but help teach color mixing as well. Place the blue in front of the yellow and see green appear. Mix orange and yellow and see what happens or just stack to your heart’s content. The flowing colors will delight any child. The set includes 6 blocks (3 squares and 3 semi-circles), with red, blue and yellow water inside. Made by Plan Toys with strict safety and environmental standards.
The new Eeny Meeny Miny Zoo Building Blocks from Haba are bright and colorful, whimsical building blocks featuring cheerful zoo animals that can be stacked in countless ways. The set includes 25 smooth, finely sanded beech wood pieces made in Germany, finished with non-toxic, child-friendly color dye.
We’ve loved Tegu blocks since their debut, but are super impressed with their sweetly tinted pastel colored blocks. Tegu blocks stack in creative ways due to tiny magnets, embedded safely inside the blocks. The super strong magnets allow your child to create magical 3D-like structures. Prices run a bit more expensive than most building block sets, but these heirloom blocks are extremely solid and made to last, plus they’re environmentally responsibility.
This beautiful Odd Block set includes 28 water-colored hardwood blocks that vary in size and are completely unique per set. Meaning, your child will have a one-of-a-kind block set. Made in Germany with natural wood and non-toxic, water-based stain.
We’ve loved Citiblocs for years. Citiblocs precision cut blocks don’t require glue, snaps or connectors; kids are encouraged to create designs that focus on the use of gravity, balance, and imagination. Citiblocs are made of Grade A Radiata Pine from certified renewable forests in New Zealand and are certified 100% non-toxic. Not only are Citiblocs eco-friendly, but also they’re one of the most affordable green block sets on the market. You can afford to buy a HUGE set – enough blocks so that your child can build a whole city. Plus, now Citiblocs come in a wide array of fantastic colors.
Green Toys building blocks aren’t just fun, they’re also one of our favorite brain stimulating toys for babies. Like all Green Toys, these blocks were a milk jug in a previous life. Green Toys are made locally and packaged in recycled cardboard. Best of all, Green Toys are affordable for all families.
eeBoo Tot Towers
eeBoo Tot Towers are wonderful stacking and nesting blocks covered with original illustrations from well-known children’s books. All blocks are printed with soy-based inks on 90% recycled materials and have a non-toxic coating.
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