Best Building Blocks for 2-Year-Olds - Have you tried Duplos?

The Best Building Blocks for 2-Year-Olds

I don’t even need to tell you that blocks are awesome. You already know, because you played with them yourself.

Most building blocks never break, and they interest kids for years. They even have educational perks, helping 2-year-olds with spatial skills, fine motor skills, sorting and organizing, and even imagining (if my 2-year-old has even one block in his hand, it usually becomes an airplane – I don’t know).

The only downside of blocks is that they get scattered everywhere and require seemingly constant pick-up and sub-furniture-retrieval. But hey, it’s worth it if it keeps your kid entertained for a while.

So, which blocks to choose?

Interlocking Blocks

The Best Blocks for 2-Year-Olds are Duplos.
Duplo “My First Construction Site” $20


Made by the Lego company specifically for younger kids, Duplos are very popular blocks, and not just with my son; almost all the sets I’ve seen on Amazon (including the ones listed below) have solid 5-star ratings. I can vouch personally for the construction set, too: it has been a big hit since right before my son turned 2.

This can also be a nice place to direct family for gift ideas since all Duplo toys are compatible.

Creative Play: Creative Animals, $12
My First Number Train Building Set
, $16
My First Creative Cars Building Set, $20
My First Deluxe Box of Fun (includes figures, animals and vehicles) $40

MegaBloks are a great gift option for 2-year-olds.
80-pc Mega Blok set, $15

Mega Bloks

Mega Bloks, larger and more lightweight than Duplos, are also very popular building blocks for toddlers. Many Mega Bloks sets, like the one pictured here, even come with their own storage, which parents will love.

Some other great Mega Bloks gift options if you’re looking for something more exciting for your 2-year-old than just the blocks:

Mega Bloks Caterpillar Lil’ Dump Truck $12
Mega Bloks First Builders 123 Learning Train, $20
Mega Bloks First Builders Wacky Wheels, 70 Pieces (includes a bag of blocks with parts for a firetruck, airplane and digger, all with cute lil sticker faces) $27


These Stackadoos Bristle Blocks are another great building toy for 2-year-olds.
68-pc Stackadoos, $26

Bristle Blocks

I don’t have any of these yet, but I’d like to.

They get great reviews, and would be fun for a 2-year-old to figure out – a little twist on the typical block.

These little B. Spinaroos ($35) also look like a great idea – they’re bristle-block-based, but with colorful faces and bodies for kids to spin and twist around.



Magnetic blocks for toddlers can be a fun, but a little more expensive, alternative to traditional blocks.
30-piece Magneatos Magnetic Blocks, $41

Magnetic Blocks

If you can spend a little more and want to give that special 2-year-old in your life even more building options, magnetic blocks are great.

The most popular brand on the market are Magna-Tiles® – they have unbelievable reviews – but the age suggestion starts at age 3.

The Magneatos pictured here are designed more for toddlers, are affordable, and also got good reviews.



Non Interlocking Blocks

Wooden Blocks for 2-Year-Olds
Hape Wooden Blocks, $18

Wooden Blocks

Wooden continue to be a classic, aesthetically pleasing toy, even though I personally hate stepping on them and how much damage they can do as projectiles.

If you’re into wooden blocks, the Land of Nod has some cool (and expensive) ones. I also like these classic alphabet blocks.





2-year-olds love big, cardboard blocks
40-piece Mondo Bloxx, $36

Cardboard Blocks

These larger, cardboard blocks are affordable and great for make-believe play if you’re cool with how much space they take up.






Djeco nesting blocks, $15

Nesting Blocks / Stacking Blocks

Toddlers can do it all with these toys: stack, sort, organize, count, identify colors and patterns.

The Djeco cubes shown here are fun because they show a different theme on each side.

A twist on the typical nesting blocks: this Melissa & Doug Nesting, Sorting Garages and Cars toy comes with little wooden cars to place in each block – a great idea for vehicle-lovers.




Other Resources for Building Toys

Top 10 Toys for Builders – Hands on as we Grow

Best Toys for Building and Construction – Modern Parents Messy Kids