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Toys for Children who Like to Build

Building toys.  The kind of toys that allow my children to build, design, and create have always been my favorite. Creativity literally explodes as the kids begin to play with well-designed building toys.

Admittedly, I don’t always appreciate the mess caused by the creativity explosion.  But I’ve learned to remember that it is “The Mess of Being” and I try to step over it. For days. Because I know this sort of mess is an important part of childhood.

I’ve seen a little bit of everything when it comes to toys for building and creating.  Some of been huge hits and others haven’t been so great.

Today I share a few of our favorites and a few that make me wish I had a 5 year-old-builder again.

Building toys for kids who like to design, create, and build.
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1. Natural Wooden Blocks

Tip: Purchase the largest set that your budget will afford. These blocks will last for years and generations. We have two large sets with some add-on blocks and after a decade, they are still being played with.

Building Toys - Natural Wood Blocks

2. Keva Planks

There are a ton of Keva plank sets. We began with this contraption set and the kids had a lot of fun with it.
Building Toys - Keva

3. Zoobs

This is another toy with a lot of size options. We found a great deal on this 500 piece set, which was important in a house with four kids. The idea books included help get everyone started with these toys.

Building Toys - Zoobs

4. Cardboard Bricks

These have provided hours of building fun, including walls for nerf wars most recently. I have to admit, that the loud, dramatic knocking down seems to be the best part of building with this set!  We discovered that the red ones were the favorites.  The other smaller ones were basically not worth having in our house.

Building Toys - cardboard bricks

5. Magformers.

These are not inexpensive, but they are worth every cent. We began with a starter kit and we’d love to have more!

Building Toys - magformers

6. Lincoln Logs

Classic fun.  We have a set from my husband’s childhood as well as a set we picked up!

building Toys - Lincoln Logs

7. Knex

Perfect for your engineer or designer. The options are endless, but grab a classic set to get your family started.

Building Toys - Knex

8. Brain Flakes

This one makes me wish I still had younger kids. WOW. That is all.

Buidling Toys - brain Flakes

9. Goobi.

Magnets are always engaging. We have found toys like this to be perfect for creating and designing while mom is reading a book aloud. If you have multiple children, go for as large of a set as you can afford.

Building Toys - goobi

10. Q Ba Maze

A little different than the typical marble run, this one was very entertaining for our kids for quite some time. This stunt set was a great introduction and then we added on some other sets for more blocks along the way.

Building toys - Q Ba Maze

What building toys are popular in your house? Are any of these on your gift lists?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Amanda - Raising da Vinci November 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    We have and love most of these, but there are some new ones I’d never heard of like zoobs!

    Thanks for sharing this great list!

  • Reply Jenny White November 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve been looking into things like this for my son. He’s 11 and all he’s asked for this year is blocks! 🙂 Thanks for this list.

  • Reply Trisk December 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    A great list of some unique building toys for kids, especially wooden blocks. It would be excellent if you could indicate the suitable age group for each toy.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.

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