Kids have an affinity for building things... and knocking them down. Whether with small bricks, life-size kits or classic stacking rings, budding builders can get started on grand designs of their own, as soon as they learn to grasp the pieces. We’ve stocked up on some of the best modern building toys around for kids big and small, here are some of our favourites...

OPEN-ENDED BUILDING

Versatile building toys are great for little ones because they offer up so many play opportunities. Modu and Dëna are two innovative brands who create tactile toys designed for open-ended building. With Dëna; build on the floor, in the sand or in the water. Made from silicone, they can even be used with food too. Modu’s life-size sets allows mini architects create rockers, ride ons, balancing platforms or modernist towers, their imaginations can literally run wild using the easy assembly pieces.

CONSCIOUS CONSTRUCTION

Say hello to a new breed of building blocks - no polluting plastic here! While BiOBUDDi may look like classic bricks, they’re engineered with bio-plastic made from sugarcane plant, for a totally planet-friendly product. Just like the traditional blocks, they build the same and are even compatible with leading brands, so you can mix them together. Leading conscious company Plan Toys are pros at earth-friendly toys. They have plenty of appealing building games to hone little ones’ motor and concentration skills... we adore the playful Stacking Logs game.

WOODEN BLOCKS REIMAGINED

Wood blocks are reimagined for the next generation of players. Forget boring, cuboid bricks, here wooden building toys are given a playful twist with new shapes, so tiny builders can really use their imaginations. And there is another thing to mention too… magnets. LEKKID and tegu incorporate hidden magnets in their toys, so kids can fix structures together with accuracy and ease. They'll enjoy creating familiar shapes and animals or go wild and make something unique - pigphant anyone?

BUILDING FOR THE SENSES

Playing = learning. And when it comes to building toys, they can develop their senses as well as everything else. Taf Toys are great at making sensory toys for babies. Suitable from 9 months, their Hunny Bunny Stacker has bright colours, intriguing patterns and surprise beads in one ring, to stimulate their senses while they perfect the stacking technique. Plan Toys also make great stuff to stimulate the senses. Their simple Creative Sand Play kit gets little hands building sand castles of different forms, they are perfect on the beach or in their kinetic sand trays… or mud kitchens, if you dare to let them try.

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Our IDEAS articles are based on our own experiences as parents & a need to find gorgeous, genuinely useful stuff for baby. That’s why you’ll always find our fave picks below our tips. Yes, we’re good to you ;)