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Have Fun with These Life-sized Building Sets

Father and little daughter dressed as builders playing with take-apart house at home

Children love building sets. But sometimes they can get bored with the standard options that are designed to be used on a tabletop or on the floor. While building sets can encourage fine motor skills, larger versions are perfect for encouraging gross motor skills and keeping kids active while introducing them to basic engineering principles. These are our recommendations for the best large building sets for kids.

These blocks are made of high-quality foam. Because of their material, there is plenty of friction to allow them to stay together without slipping or tumbling down. Each block measures 28 by 4 by 8 inches.

This 101-piece set makes a great addition to your child’s existing building bricks collection. These bricks are brightly colored and come in two sizes: a 1.3 by 1.3 by 0.8-inch square or a 1.3 by 2.5 by 0.8-inch rectangle.

Children will love that this large building set gives them plenty of room to crawl through the structure. While they’re building fine and gross motor skills, they can also gain spatial awareness.

Little ones will learn how to work together to build structures with this large building set. The vibrant primary color design helps to engage children’s sensory skills, too.

You’ll appreciate how lightweight this large building set is. While assembly is required, the oversized blocks can create massive structures and are perfect for kids who love to stack.

This large building set is safe for children ages three and older. You can rest assured that every piece has been sanded down and features rounded corners for added safety.

You’ll appreciate that the KidKraft large building set is safe for children as young as 18 months old. We’re confident that this is a durable solution that will last for years to come.

Expert Commentary

Large building sets are easier to grip and can often make playtime more immersive by letting children construct larger structures that they can actually play in. Let them build towers and tunnels they can hide in and watch them get lost in hours of play. You can join in too to help make playtime a more educational and memorable experience.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

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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