Baby E loves building things out of blocks, it's a really helpful parenting tool for me since we do not have television and she keeps herself occupied with these educational, open-ended toys. In a few short weeks our newborn will be joining us, boy will I need things to keep her occupied! We received some CitiBlocs to review and baby E was really excited to play and build with them to her heart's content. We have a 50 block Hot Colors and 50 block Cool Colors Set, and the generous folks at CitiBlocs even sent us a 50 block Natural Color set since there were several missing pieces in the Hot Colors.
Wooden blocks are a rather classic toy, but the shape of these enables you to make very unique structures. They balance very well with the precisely cut long rectangular shape. My toddler still likes breaking more than building, especially if I'm present. So I've been making quite a few fun towers while she topples them over. Another favorite way to play is to line them all up like dominoes and see the chain reaction as they topple over. I think it is even more fun for older children who are better at balancing the blocks and thinking up their own designs, but they're great even for a three year old. It's never too early to develop their creative side!
The CitiBlocks Hot and Cool color sets come in packages of 50, 100, and 200. The natural color blocks are also available in 300 and 500 pieces (great for large playrooms and daycares). They are also more affordable than many other blocks I've seen. The set of 100 is under $25 (even less on Amazon) and is a great gender neutral gift (I would even say it is age neutral!). I also appreciate the fact that the blocks are cut from Radiata Pine from certified renewable forests and they are safe and non-toxic. You can create some amazing things with these blocks: