7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler’s Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

I feel like I’ve been so overwhelmed with everything in my life to where it’s been making me lazy… I have so much going on and have to delegate my time to each aspect of my life, but I have not yet acquired the right schedule. So basically I’m dying. I decided to focus the most on my daughter because she’s number one, then my photography business, then this blog, and school would have come before the second two if I hadn’t just graduated last semester.

Sooooo, focusing more on my daughter actually led me to this post because we’ve been spending a lot more time playing and learning. I’ve really grown to love Melissa + Doug for my daughter. I love how everything seems like a classic wooden toy, and I love the quality. I got two sets of the wooden blocks – one came in a regular wooden crate and the other came on on wheels. We sat down and started building together and I saw the great potential for a learning activity. I found not just a few, but seven, different activities you can do with your toddler with these guys that aren’t just fun, but they also help strengthen cognitive and fine motor skills!

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler’s Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

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1. How High

So, instead of just aimlessly building castles, make it your goal to stack the blocks as high as you can before they fall. It obviously takes some strategy because these blocks come in all shapes and sizes, so it teaches your child that certain blocks hold more and other are good for adding height. If your child is as young as mine, 20 months, you’ll most likely have to pick the blocks for them and just show them where to place them. You should also be prepared for it to be knocked over a  few times 😉

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

2. Point A to Point B

This one my boyfriend and I actually came up with together, so I can’t take all the credit lol. Any who, the objective for this activity is to get your structure from one side of the platform to the other without it falling. You set it up with all the cylinder blocks laid down so they roll, then you just build on top of it and give it a little push when you’re done. This activity teaches your child about motion in a fun way!



3. Sorting by Color

Self-explanatory. You just start a pile with one of each color and have your toddler add to the piles with the same color! You can start this with them at a year old if you want! It will take a while for them to fully understand the colors though.

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

4. Sorting by Shape

Okay, so now that I’m writing this post, I realized I could have combined 3 + 4, but oh well – the graphic is already made, lol. Anyway, this one is just a self-explanatory as 3. Just start a pile with one of each different shape and help your toddler finish the rest! This one takes more cognitive abilities than sorting colors because it’s harder for them to distinguish between shapes than it is colors.

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

5. Building by Color

This activity can come directly after #3. After you have the piles of each color, have your child pick a color and only build with that color! It makes building harder by limiting the shapes you have to build with.

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills


6. Building by Shape

Again, could have combined 5 + 6, but I’m just getting over the flu so forgive me! This one is even harder than building by color, because when shapes are the same, there’s really only one or two ways to place them on top of each other. As you can see in this photo, there’s only one way to stack cylinders on top of each other, lol. It’s a challenge!

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

7. Tangram

When the blocks are in their original state, they all fit together like a puzzle, or a tangram. So, since we know they all fit, why not challenge your toddler to put them all together? This one is definitely the most difficult and time consuming, and not meant for young toddlers, so I saved it for last. PS, I have two different sets of blocks, so that’s why there’s gaps in the picture I took, lol.

7 Activities To Do With Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks That Strengthen Your Toddler's Cognitive + Fine Motor Skills

Okay, guys that’s all I have for ya today! I hope you liked this post. I will probably be doing other posts like this in the future. Comment your favorite Melissa + Doug toys or your favorite ways to play with these wooden blocks!

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