My younger 3 kids all love to play with Legos. Even though they are super expensive, I still buy them frequently with all the sets and stuff because I love how it encourages imaginative play and boosts brain development. So when my 5th came along she wanted to play with her bigger siblings, but being the mom I am, I couldn’t allow her to play with all of the little tiny pieces that she could choke on. I was actually in the market for the bigger legos; Duplo Blocks when a company reached out and wanted to send us People Blocks. A unique system of building blocks using magnets instead of interlocking pieces. I was so excited to get them so I can teach her to play with them and build too!
The set that I received was the People Blocks Zoo Animals 17 Piece Set in Classic Colors. The set comes with 17 animal inspired shapes and a zoo play mat (laminated paper). Great for ages 18+ for a STEM starter block set.
- At 18 months old: The child will just use the magnets to stack in any way they can
- 2 years old: They go beyond stacking to matching to pattern building. They may build different shapes, angles and even unique combinations.
- 3 years old: They will start to use their imagination and build more what they see in their everyday life.
- 4 + years old: At this age they will go beyond just their imagination and build what they design on their own.
I have 5 total kids, but 3 of them are under 7 years old. I gave these to my 17 month old for Christmas but since then we all sit down and play with them. I observe how each “age group” plays. She will see what sides of the block has the magnets on them and stick them together. My 4 year old will try to build the animals she remembers from our trip to the zoo this summer but mostly the giraffe. And my 7 year old gets in on it and yes, he does come up with some silly stuff, but he tries to help his little sisters build. I love these sets and plan on purchasing more soon!
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