We love learning about the latest and greatest in high-tech toys as much as the next guy, but sometimes there's nothing quite like going back to basics with a beloved classic. Enter the good old-fashioned building block. These timeless toys nurture fine motor skills while encouraging creativity and imaginative play. Check out eight great sets for the tot in your life, and get building!
Green Baby Pastel Vintage Blocks
We love the shabby-chic look and feel of Green Baby's oversize Vintage Blocks  ($29) in muted hues of green, violet, cream, and blue. They feature rounded corners and smooth edges to ensure a safe playtime.
The Land of Nod Bucket o' Blocks
Whoa! The Land of Nod's Bucket o' Blocks  ($99) includes a whopping 102 brightly colored blocks in all shapes and sizes — perfect for turning the playroom into a mini construction zone.
Uncle Goose French ABC Blocks
Say Bonjour! to Uncle Goose's French ABC Blocks  ($39). They feature two complete alphabets, numerals, and animal pictures (with their names en francais).
Bannor Toys Organic Blocks
Bannor Toys' set of 30 organic, eco-friendly building blocks  ($45) features an all-natural beeswax finish, making them perfectly safe for nibbling tots.
Pottery Barn Kids Farm Animal Rattle Blocks
This trio of soft blocks  ($29) features different tactile fabrics on all sides to encourage baby's development.
DwellStudio Knit Blocks
A special first toy for a new arrival, DwellStudio's soft Knit Blocks  ($40) shake, rattle, and roll.
Grimm's Romanesque Multicolored Blocks
A rainbow collection  of 63 multicolored blocks  ($163) from German brand Grimm's utilizes natural wood and safe, water-based dyes.
Skip-Hop Alphabet Zoo ABC House Blocks
Colors and letters and shapes, oh my! Skip-Hop's Alphabet Zoo ABC House Blocks  ($43) combine all sorts of fun.