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Develop Social and Motor Skills with Preschool Building Sets

Little boy playing with toy tools and building a vehicle

Children love to play pretend. In addition to it being a fun activity that keeps them away from screens, learning to play through the use of imagination and immersion helps to teach them about the world while also building motor skills and social skills. Building sets are a timeless, fun way for kids to exercise their creativity and start to learn engineering basics by making their own structures without a rule book. Check out our top picks for the best preschool building sets.

The set comes with squares, rectangles, various types of triangles, semicircles and building features like windows, gateways and doors so children can create unique, colorful castles and buildings.

This set includes 120 building blocks in various colors and shapes, from different types of triangles to half circles to rectangles. The bristle design is easy for children to use, as the blocks fit together in any way and can easily be separated.

With rounded corners and reinforced edges, this set of 130 magnetic tiles has been designed for safety, durability and fun. In addition to plain square tiles, window pieces, triangles, rectangles and more allow for imagination-based construction.

Lincoln Logs’ square-notched design is perfect for toddlers, as they can easily figure out how pieces fit together. Toddlers can work on their motor skills as they re-create the buildings in the manual or express their creativity by making their own structures.

While having fun with this building set, your child will learn spatial awareness as well as build their fine motor skills. Understanding how pieces fit together is a building block of STEAM learning, which includes science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Along with free play, children can use the 30 model guides in this preschool building set and create a range of structures — including a working windmill!

This is another great STEAM-related preschool building set that can be used for free play or to build specific designs. You can download digital instructions to help your child build a variety of objects.

With this preschool building set, children will build fine motor skills while also engaging in critical thinking, spatial awareness and problem solving to build various structures.

Best for Free Play

You’ll get 100 pieces in this preschool building set that are easy to put together. This is another great STEAM-focused option as children improve hand-eye coordination and gain spatial awareness.

Expert Commentary

Building sets can engage children’s creativity while letting them practice their motor and critical thinking skills. These come in a range of colors, shapes and sizes and are designed to entertain and educate children of any age, from preschoolers to older kids. Building sets also encourage parents to play along with their children, making learning a more personal, bonding experience.

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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.

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