30/03/2011 06:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Five Of The Best Building Block Sets

Some toys will always be classics, outliving the flashy and loud toys that dominate the Christmas charts every year. Building blocks definitely fall under that category. Cheap to buy, simple to use and fairly easy to tidy up, they offer so much to children.

From a young age, children are eager to grasp and hold onto various objects, and building blocks give them that opportunity. As they get older, this activity allows them to improve their hand to eye co-ordination, understand the process of building something from scratch... and then knock it all down again!

London residents might like this 'London in a bag' (Handpicked Collection, £12.95) that contains all the vital elements to create a mini wooden version of the big city.