We all know that little builders are thrilled when they get a Lego kit, but did you know there are a lot of other great ways to stretch the imagination of a visual spatial creator? Other plastic toys and magnet kits provide great opportunities to learn other ways things can go together.
The following are some of the highest rated building kits. Perfect for holiday gift giving!
This colorful set is not only fun to build, but using a battery-operated motor it moves once you get it together. Suitable for young and old, kids will get a lot of great STEM exposure figuring out how to interlock the gears and get things moving! The Gears, Gears, Gears! sets come in multiple sizes.
This award-winning marble run allows kids to build along with the instructions or create their own unique maze. Kits come in small and large sizes depending on the complexity desired. Called a Toy that Teaches, the Q-Ba-Maze will bring your little builder many happy hours of finding ways to make the marbles move.
This super fun and colorful magnet toys are easily transportable and can be made into all sorts of configurations. I often use the Magformers for counseling, carrying them around in a small tupperware container. The kids love seeing what new configurations they can make and love to smash them apart when they are done playing. The are indestructible!
For the future robotics engineer there is nothing more fun than building a robot from scratch. This easy-to-follow kit makes it even more fun because the robot can be controlled by a smart device. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Award, the Thames & Kosmos Robotics kit is the perfect gift for your budding engineer.
This very unique marble kit takes marble tracks to the next level. With complex organization of paths, multicolored ball and ball-to-ball triggers, your kids will have hours of fun trying different configurations. Gravitrax has a starter set for those who want to try it out, and there are a bunch of Gravitrax add-on sets to grow the fun!