By Ikea

Reviewed for Preschool, 2010

24 solid wood building blocks in a wood wagon for less than ten bucks? Believe it! We're not sure how the fairies at Ikea pulled it off, but this beautiful toy looks like it costs three times as much as it does. Bright blocks in primary colors and simple shapes fit together in a myriad of ways, creating lots of opportunity for open-ended play. When the castle, the fort, the roadway, or whatever else your child dreams up is done, he can follow the printed placement pattern in the bottom of the wagon to fit the pieces back inside, puzzle-style. Fine motor practice, pretend play, patterning, and building all in one? We're sold! (Ikea, $7.99)