A building investment
Lakeshore Hardwood Unit Blocks, Starter Set ($299) Block building is such a fantastic enterprise because it exercises the imagination, at the same time it teaches about the way things work, and develops coordination and muscle skills. The 108 big, solid blocks like these with plenty of interesting shapes are a far cry from the lighter, sometimes splinter-ridden, soft-wood versions you’ll see for far less. These are of the same quality you’re likely to see in a school situation and will be of value throughout your child’s development. Lakeshore also makes a much less expensive block set for less than half the cost ($139) that contains a similar number of pieces and shapes made out of dense foam.