Toddler sized blocks! These extra-large, lightweight bamboo blocks encourage endless building possibilities. The best in open-ended, hands-on play, there's no right or wrong way to build with blocks. Let the fun begin!
These award-winning blocks come in beautiful bright colors and unusual shapes, providing limitless possibilities. Big in creativity and small in environmental impact, the eco-blocks are perfect for every imaginative little architect. Bamboo is sourced from environmentally sustainable forests. The Eco-Blocks Stacking Toy was awarded the Toy Innovation - Best Toy Design at the 2010 Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair.
Why do so many classrooms have a large set of blocks? Because blocks are one of the most flexible toys that provide learning for underlying fundamental brain power. Many consider them to be the first actual set for STEM learning.
When considering a build of any sort, children initiate planning and problem-solving skills. Problem-solving activity develops cross-brain thinking skills. Effective problem solving requires a mixture of both logic (left-brain activity) and creative (right-brain activity) thinking. Good problem solvers switch from one set of skills to the other. This is not always easy but becomes easier with problem-solving practice.
Logic (analytic) thinking develops through ordering the pieces, comparing them, contrasting them, evaluating them and selecting the correct piece. The child must select the best alternative from the options available by narrowing down the range of possibilities.
Creative thinking is developed when a piece doesn't fit because the child must consider a broader set of solving options such as manipulating the part, flipping it, considering how it fits with surrounding pieces.
When considering a building challenge, children draw on imagination or mental image forming in the mind. Working with friends, a child may build something another child imagines, helping build something he never considered.
There are strong mathematical fundamentals at play such as length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, and balance.
There are strong science and engineering fundamentals at play when children test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning in construction.
Social skills are bolstered as children learn to share materials, develop new friendships, take turns, stay focused, cooperate with others, all leading to the development of self-esteem.
Hape toys, headquartered in Switzerland, are designed first and foremost for children. Each product is developed to enhance a child’s developmental skills. Hape believes that the future begins and belongs to our children. It is our duty to leave today's children with infinite possibilities, not unsolvable problems.
Hape's toys are created to inspire play, learning, and exploration of the world in which we live. Through responsible business practices, Hape aspires to leave the world in a better condition than it is now. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards. Hape's toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities.