By MindWare

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2012

Block Buddies

Take your kindergartner’s building to the next level—these colorful blocks combine the tactile pleasure of wooden blocks, with the mental challenge of tangram puzzles. Kids choose a challenge from 76 designs, then try to replicate it using 21 well-made colorful pieces. Beginners get their feet wet with Level 1 challenges, then move up to harder and harder tasks. We love that there’s plenty of head room—the toy goes to Level 4—and that there’s plenty of choice, too—from butterflies to trucks. This is a wonderful way to build visual perception skills, and maybe build some future-architect muscles along the way. (MindWare, $17.10)