Time to build something with these colorful "Lego like" building blocks. Building bricks (also toy blocks, building blocks, or simply blocks), are wooden, plastic or foam pieces of various shapes (square, cylinder, arch, triangle, etc.) and colors that are used as construction toys. Toy blocks build strength in a child’s fingers and hands, and improve hand-eye coordination and also encourages children to make friends and cooperate. One of the most popular plastic building toys are made by LEGO and are know by most people as "legos". Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949.