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20 Fun Stacking Ideas For Toddlers


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My younger children have always been eager to jump in and “do school” when their older siblings are homeschooling here. I’m always looking for exciting ways to keep them entertained while I focus on bookwork with the older kids. One thing that’s great for toddlers and preschoolers is practicing stacking and building with blocks or other items. It helps to build fine motor skills and reasoning. This is one of those activities you can keep changing up to keep it fun and exciting day after day!

Here is a list of 20 fun Stacking Ideas for Toddlers (or preschoolers) to practice their coordination and fine motor skills. Some items you (and they) will find are easier to stack than others. Some items are also food items and I typically will let my children enjoy a little snack of the items once they are done. It adds to the excitement of the activity! 

20 Stacking Ideas For Toddlers

20 Fun Stacking Ideas for Toddlers

  1. Wooden blocks
  2. Books
  3. Marshmallows
  4. Boxes (I like to use empty cereal and other pantry boxes)
  5. Stacking rings
  6. Jello jiggler blocks
  7. Pillows
  8. Plastic containers (like what you’d store leftovers in)
  9. Clean diapers
  10. Stuffed animals
  11. Cookies
  12. Banana slices
  13. Empty egg cartons
  14. DVD cases
  15. Coins (only with close parental supervision, of course)
  16. Rocks
  17. Animal Crackers
  18. Fruit Snacks
  19. Pool noodles (cut into smaller pieces)
  20. LeapFrog LeapBuilders

Although LeapFrog LeapBuilders is last on my list, they are certainly not least! These exciting new building blocks have been a huge hit at our home recently!  

LeapFrog LeapBuilders

We have the LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant which is perfect for Gideon since elephants are his favorite animal. He turned 3 years old in February and these blocks have been a great toy for him at this age.  This LeapBuilders elephant set comes with an interactive Smart Star cube that responds to the blocks your child inserts into it through educational songs, phrases about numbers, fruits, and colors, and more! In total, it comes with 21 blocks (1 Smart Star Cube and 10 double-sided blocks).

LeapFrog LeapBuilders

LeapFrog LeapBuilders

There are 2 ways for your child to use the Smart Star cube. The question button, when activated by your child, will respond by sharing educational phrases about the block inserted or questions about the animals. If your child presses the music button, they’ll be greeted with melodies and learning songs. This set comes with directions to build an elephant, a flamingo, a baby elephant, and also a store. 

LeapFrog LeapBuilders

Gideon has really enjoyed building and playing with these blocks. They are easy to stick together and pull apart, while also staying together well and not falling apart easily which can be frustrating to younger builders. The addition of the Smart Star cube helps to keep him entertained by it longer and I love the educational aspect of it. It’s such a great and easy way to help teach little ones colors, numbers, and fruits! I love that the pictures make it easy for him to build the creations himself as well. 

This building toy has been a great addition to our toy box – we can’t wait to get more from the LeapBuilders toy lineup!

Can’t wait to start building? LeapFrog is giving away LeapBuilders sets – Visit to enter! Good luck!

monique s

Friday 13th of September 2019

These look great. I love that they are so colorful and engaging

Deborah D

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

These are so cute

Mia E.

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Stacking and building toys are favorites for my grandkids. I find that these type of toys keep them the most occupied.

Dandi D

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

These are all really great ideas--my 20 month old loves to stack things!