Do you have a kiddo who loves to build? Then these build toys are going to truly wow them!
Being the mom of boys, I knew build toys were in our future when they were little.
But I had no idea just how much my boys would go gaga over toys that they can build with.
It’s an obsession, folks. (Sounds a little bit familiar, doesn’t it?)
Well, I’m sharing some of the great build toys around to help you in your quest to finding the right gift and keeping your building buddy busy! This post contains affiliate links.
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Build Toys for Kids Who Love to Build
We recently attended the amazingly awesome Brick by Brick exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
It’s all about the physics of architecture using LEGOs.
You have to see it to believe it.
But it got me thinking… LEGOs are so amazing.
What other build toys are there that my boys love (or would love)?
These tactile, colorful translucent Magna-Tiles are sized just right and easy to use, whether creating designs on a flat surface or building in 3-D. basic shapes are learned through play.
Magna-Tiles develops patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills. use them for guided activities or hours of open-ended fun and exploration.
They will work well alone or together with the solid colored Magna-Tiles to make windows, skylights, etc. perfect for classrooms and multi-child play.
Intro to Engineering welcomes young children to the field of engineering with 25 experiments and building projects in five sections.
By engaging in hands-on activities, children will learn how engineers apply their scientific and technical knowledge to design machines and devices.
Start by learning some engineering basics with experiments on levers, forces, and pulleys.
Build simple devices using these basic components.
With a 48-page guidebook, Intro to Engineering teaches engineering fundamentals with step-by-step, hands-on experiments and building projects.
Flex, connect, build, play – JOINK!
Colorfully constructed, brilliantly designed, Joinks engage the fingers and mind in a fantastic building experience.
Fun to say, and even better to play, Joinks attracts inventors of all ages.
From playroom to universities, toddler to teacher, simple to complex, Joinks designs are wide and diverse.
Wooden dowels join easily with quality 100% silicone connectors.
One simple push and the dowels sit tight for a secure fit.
Time for de-construction? One simple pull and “POP” the silicone slides off with a delightful sound.
Curious building has found its match!
Build anything with your favorite TINKERTOY parts! 200 TINKERTOY pieces including: spools, rods, flags, washers, end caps and more.
Instruction sheet with building tips for 20 building ideas, Plus 10 bonus builds online.
Celebrate 100 years of Lincoln Logs with this nostalgic set, just like you remember! Inspired by an originalLincoln Logs building idea, the 100% made in the USA 100th Anniversary Tin captures the true essence of theLincoln Logs brand.
Roller Coaster Challenge is one of ThinkFun’s most popular stem toys for boys and girls, and was a Toy of the Year Award Finalist in 2018.
It’s a logic game and roller coaster building set that comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty, from beginner to expert, and makes a great birthday or holiday present for kids who like smart games and challenging activities.
Roller Coaster Challenge is a fun brain teaser puzzle made with high quality components, and comes with a very clear and easy to understand instruction manual – you’ll be able to play within minutes of opening the box.
Playing through the increasingly difficult challenges will improve logical reasoning, spatial reasoning and planning skills, all through fun gameplay.
Race to the finish line in the Eitech Race Car Metal Building Kit!
Develop three dimensional thinking that promotes creativity, learning skills and fun.
Basic construction sets are perfect for beginners or those looking to brush up on their building skills.
All pieces are made of high-quality steel.
Squigz are fun little suckers! Apply pressure to two Squigz.
Air rushes out and the fun rushes in!
Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity.
Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them.
When Squigz POP! in protest – you’ll have to admit. your hands and ears are shamelessly delighted! They are flexible fellows and committed joiners.
Squigz and fellow Squigz have one chief enterprise – creating things.
Gravity Maze is one of ThinkFun’s most popular stem toys for boys and girls, and was a Toy of the Year Award winner in 2017, in the Specialty Category.
It’s a gravity powered maze game that comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty, from beginner to expert, and makes a great birthday or holiday present for kids who like puzzles, smart games and challenging activities.
Gravity Maze is made with high quality components, and comes with a very clear and easy to understand instruction manual – you’ll be able to play within minutes of opening the box.
Playing through the increasingly difficult brain teaser style challenges will sharpen your mind by improving logical reasoning, spatial reasoning and planning skills, all through fun gameplay.
Approach KEVA from a whole new angle! Full-color cards include a 2-D building challenge on one side and the solution on the other.
Manipulate your KEVA planks to successfully duplicate the balance, proportion, composition and geometry featured on each card.
Includes 20 KEVA planks, 30 double-sided cards and instructions in a zippered carrying case.
Need more ideas for build toys? If you’re just in love with LEGOs, why not up your game?!?!