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I’m a huge fan of inspiring creativity and learning through play. That’s why I put together this fun list of the best construction and building toys for kids. I hope you find some new ideas!
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Did you grow up playing with construction and building toys? They were some of my favorite toys as a child, so it’s no surprise that Zoë and Kaylee always loved them too (as did their Daddy).
A crazy number of building toys have made their way into our home. And as the girls get older, they’re making their way back out of our lives and into the hands of families with younger children who can enjoy them.
We’ve played with so many construction toys over the years, so I put together a list of some of our favorites. I hope you discover a new set for your kids to fall in love with.
Best Construction & Building Toys for Kids
Building and construction toys help to inspire creativity and learning in kids. There are more options than ever, so if you’re looking for the best choices, check out our favorites.
We share some classic constructing options as well as some of the newer building toys to become available. I hope you discover a new favorite.
1. Shapemags 124 Piece Set
This set of Shape Mags lets your kids create some cool 3D shapes. While it’s great for younger kids, Kaylee is still playing with this set at 9-years old, even after she decided it was time to give away most of her construction toys. It’s a lot of fun to play with!
2. Lincoln Logs Collector’s Edition Village
I never had Lincoln Logs as a kid myself, so I always had so much fun playing with my girls. They both finally decided they’re done with Lincoln Logs at 9 and 11, so they’re getting passed on. They are definitely a classic childhood building toy every kid should get a chance to play with.
3. K’NEX STEM Explorations: Roller Coaster Building Set
Need a building toy for older kids? K’Nex has some amazing sets for you. This roller coaster set is a lot of fun to build and no one will complain that this set is a baby toy! Our girls have a few K’Nex set and have had a great time building them all.
4. LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box (790 Pieces)
I know there are so many fancy LEGO sets out there, but I prefer the old fashioned classic LEGO sets. Give a kid a bucket of LEGOs and they’ll show you how creative they can be! LEGOs are one of the few building sets the girls still have.
4. Bristle Blocks by Battat
I had completely forgotten about Bristle Blocks until I was browsing around Amazon. I had a set of these blocks as a kid and absolutely loved them. They are super fun and great for dexterity!
5. TINKERTOY 30 Model Super Building Set
Both girls absolutely loved their TINKERTOY sets. They would have building competitions to see who could come up with the most creative TINKERTOY creation. It was a lot of fun to watch them use their imaginations and bring it to life through this set.
6. Crazy Forts
Do your kids love building forts around the house as much as mine do? I love that this set gives them a nice frame for their fort so they aren’t using all of the furniture in the house. Then they can just drape some blankets over their constructed fort and they’re set for a day of fun!
7. FAO SCHWARZ Solid Pine Wood Castle Building Blocks
There’s something so special about a good set of wooden blocks! They’re classic, durable and tons of fun. This set from FAO Schwartz comes with 150 pieces so your kid can build a beautiful castle.
8. Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys
I love these straw construction sets because they’re super fun and they really stretch kids’ imaginations! No, they’re not eco-friendly, but they’re definitely budget friendly.
9. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Building Toy Set
We had a few different sets of Gears! Gears! Gears! over the years. The girls didn’t love them as much as they loved some of the other sets they had. However, I like that they make kids think about how the pieces will move together as they build with the gears. It makes them stretch their minds when designing their creations, so if you have a builder that needs a challenge, they may love Gears! Gears! Gears!
10. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
This is a little bit more advanced building set from LEGO. It allows your kids to design and build 10 different moving machines, so it goes beyond your typical LEGO set.
I hope you discovered a new building toy on this list. There are many, many more construction sets out there, but these are our favorites!