Blocks are perhaps the most basic kinds of toys, but they’re anything but boring. Blocks are universally entertaining, but while your little one discovers the joys of building and stacking, they’re also learning a lot.
Once your baby has developed better eye-hand coordination, she’ll love adding building and stacking to her repertoire of fun. Any objects that can be placed on top of each other will do: Try offering her wooden, foam, or cardboard blocks, board books, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and plastic cups. And while she might need your help erecting her skyscraper, she’ll definitely want to knock it down all by herself.
This is also the perfect age for a set of stacking rings. By trying to get the rings on the pole (or, better yet, turning the pole upside down and dumping the rings), she’ll get valuable lessons in problem solving and the concept of size. Don’t expect your baby to get the sequence right (with the biggest ring on the bottom) just yet — that won’t happen for many months. Just let her at it, sit back, and watch that little brain go to work.
Building and stacking boost both fine and gross motor skills as well as eye-hand coordination. Plus, these activities help a baby learn about spatial relationships — “under,” “on,” and “around” — and shapes (and cause and effect when he knocks his structures down!).