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Top 10 Kids Building Sets 2017

No matter how many technologically advanced electronic toys come out, it seems kids always enjoy building sets. Find the right one from our selection to challenge your babies' creative skills. The will think they may be without a doubt having hours of a fun, however, you may recognize they are additionally growing essential skills, like hand-eye coordination, shape popularity, and critical wondering.

42 Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set, TintsRainbow Mags 40 piece glass color Magnetic tiles with colored magnets. THE IGLOO SETMeccano Super Construction SetZOOB BuilderZ 125 Piece KitMagz-Bricks 60 piece Magnetic Building Set Offered Exclussively by MagzKEVA Structures 200 Plank SetK'NEX - 52 Model Building Set - 618 Pieces - Ages 7+ Engineering Education ToyClick-A-Brick Toys Mighty Machines 100pc - Building Block Set - Best Educational Gift for Boys and Girls - Gear Kids Up for STEM Learning, Imagination, & Engineering Fun - Create Endless Combinations!Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!Lauri Tall-Stackers Pegs Building Set

Relating Spaces

A tremendous amount of our daily lives depends on the quality of our spacial reasoning. Every time you unexpectedly twist an ankle, miss a curb or a step; bump into walls, tables, door frames, and more, it's usually the result of a lapse in spacial awareness.

In more concerted cases, overpacking a suitcase to the point where it won't close, trying to fit four people in a two person tent while camping, and other silly examples illustrate ways in which a gap in your spatial reasoning can come back to bite you.

The brain is a plastic thing, which is to say that it's constantly learning and evolving. But the vast majority of your brain's development occurs within the first few years of life, with a kind of diminishing return as you age and pass on through puberty and into adulthood. There is no better time to work at developing the skills and ingrained quality of spatial reasoning than at a young age.

The building sets on our list, even as they entertain your kids with hours of creativity, exploration, and the occasional thrill of destruction, will all also help to solidify important concepts that will help them down the line. Not every kid who picks up a building set will go on to be a mathematician with a specialty in geometry, or become the next Frank Lloyd Wright, but he or she will undoubtedly have an advantage in those fields in school and in life.

Builders And Creators


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There's a pretty stark divide among kids when it comes to building sets. Most kids will own either of the two primary set categories, but in their hearts, there's really only room for one style, and knowing which kind they prefer will just about leave our list in twain before you begin to consider other variables.

Those two primary categories are the free-builders and the designed builders. I know free-builders sounds a little bit like Freemasons, but I don't mean to imply that these are the kids destined to preside over the world order by the force of their invisible hands. I mean that their sets aren't meant to be any one thing.

The blocks and pieces in free-builder sets aren't meant to be put together like a model in any particular manner. They leave the end product open-ended, preferring instead to engage your child's imagination from the ground up. Design builders do just the opposite. They usually come with a small pamphlet of instructions, and your child will follow this flow to the letter and eventually emerge with a well-built, finely crafted item, like a truck, boat, or building.

It's impossible to say which style provides the better educational experience. The lessons that a design can teach a child about the importance of pre-planning and patient execution of a specific task are invaluable. So, too, are the revelations of the creative imagination when something that wasn't necessarily supposed to be anything suddenly becomes something recognizable and exciting.

In a perfect world, perhaps your child would spend equal amounts of time with either kind of building set, though that might make for a boy or girl who is a jack of all trades, master of none. What matters is that you tune into what their preferences would be, so that if you buy them a box of bricks with no instructions they'll actually put it to use, or if you get them a set to make some fancy trucks they won't just tear the instructions up and build whatever they want.

The only other major variable to consider in your purchase is the relevant age for each set. Some of the sets on our list are clearly intended for younger groups of children, while others are far too complicated for a younger age bracket to comprehend. Each set has its specific age recommendation, and those are usually right on the mark.

A Building Boom At The Turn Of The Century


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The building block has been a popular children's toy since long before an industry for children's toys existed. As far back as the late 17th century, there are mentions of square, lettered blocks very much akin to alphabet blocks, the modern precursors to the sets on our list.

It wasn't until the early 20th century that more complicated building sets became popular among children. Very early in the century, on an expedition to Japan with his father who had designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, John Lloyd Wright invented a toy architecture set based on the model pieces his father was using to create his designs. This set would go on to take the name Lincoln Logs, after the construction of Abraham Lincoln's cabin in Illinois.

At around the same time, Alfred Carlton Gilbert and his Mysto Manufacturing Company patented and began to market a steel construction set for young boys interested in architecture. He called the sets Erector, and their popularity exploded almost instantly.

A little over a decade later, a wooden toy workshop in Denmark began to produce interlocking blocks of various rectangular lengths and colors. The Lego Company eventually switched from wooden pieces to plastics, and their success has been consistent for nearly a century.


#10.Lauri Tall-Stackers Pegs Building Set


Children will think they’re just having fun with this versatile teaching toy, but they’re actually building fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they fit the Tall-Stacker™ Pegs into the Lauri® crepe rubber pegboard. They will learn early math skills like counting, adding, and subtracting while working on their building projects. Playing with the colorful pegs also helps children build useful sorting and matching skills as they make designs. Lauri crepe rubber is bright, durable, soft, latex-free and washable!


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#9.Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!


"Mom! I made a crawling caterpillar! ... A rolling racecar! ... A ... thing!" With a whopping 95 pieces, Gears! Gears! Gears! Basic Building Set is a fantastic first construction toy for young builders. Bright, sturdy, uniformly sized plastic gears slip smoothly onto pegs on the square bases, which are easily linked together in any number of ways. Pillars and extenders expand the dimensional possibilities sideways, up, and out. Your 3-year-old will be an instant success at inventing any number of masterpieces with moving, working parts. Gears! Gears! Gears! holds plenty of intrigue for older siblings as well. An activity guide with instructions in English, Spanish, French, and German is included. And, as your little inventory grows, the basic set is perfectly compatible with other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets, including Wacky Factory and the Pulleys Plus accessory, set.


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#8.Click-A-Brick Toys Mighty Machines 100pc - Building Block Set - Best Educational Gift for Boys and Girls - Gear Kids Up for STEM Learning, Imagination, & Engineering Fun - Create Endless Combinations!


I was thrilled to find this on Amazon because it brought back memories of my own childhood. It makes for a nice gift. I would be happy to see a motorized version of this, where some of the creations could "come to life", adding an additional degree of excitement for kids. That being said, it is very educative for a small child.


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#7.K'NEX - 52 Model Building Set - 618 Pieces - Ages 7+ Engineering Education Toy


Encourage your children’s creativity and imagination with the highly stimulating K’NEX 52 Model Building Set! With 618 classic and micro K’NEX pieces, this building toy for ages 7 and up gives children an outlet to learn and enjoy themselves at the same time.

The K’NEX building system is composed of colorful plastic rods and connectors that snap together with a simple “click”! These pieces can be combined together to create real working vehicles, moving structures, and just about anything your child can imagine. With 52 building ideas, the included illustrated instructional booklet guides your little engineers in constructing truly amazing creations. You’ll be astounded at how your youngsters construct a fire truck with an extended ladder, a military tank, a windmill, and a four-legged animal with just plastic rods and connectors. Your kids can assemble a different K’NEX idea each week! In the process, this educational engineering toy will put your child on a path towards a better understanding of STEAM (science, technology, engineer, arts, and math) subjects.


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#6.KEVA Structures 200 Plank Set


No glue or connectors required...simply stack wood planks to create buildings, monuments, and geometric forms. It’s the ideal activity to help kids gain an understanding of balance and proportion, as well as an interest in architecture, building, and design. A 24-page, full color idea booklet with build-out instructions is also included.


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#5.Magz-Bricks 60 piece Magnetic Building Set Offered Exclussively by Magz


Magz-Bricks is a fun magnetic building set consisting of magnetized blocks of the same shape and different colors. The blocks can be stacked and built up by magnetic interlocking. You can build unlimited shapes and designs by using several pieces.You can build unlimited shapes and designs by using different configurations. Stacking is fast and almost effortless. This, along with the vivid colors and strong magnetic force makes this toy fun and exciting.


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#4.ZOOB BuilderZ 125 Piece Kit


ZOOB 125 Piece Building Set is a box of 125 brightly-colored pieces comes with 5 instruction guides to make over 25 creations including a ZOOB-Dactyl or a Crown (or create your own). ZOOB is not like any other building set - the pieces include gears, axles, and joints that snap, click, and pop together! With rotating, spinning and extendable parts you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination! ZOOB is not like any other building set - the pieces include gears, axles, and joints that snap, click, and pop together! With rotating, spinning and extendable parts you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles! Recommended for children 6 years of age and older.


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#3.Meccano Super Construction Set


Build, rebuild and create with the Meccano Super Construction Set! Each metal construction system unlocks endless possibilities as you use 2 real tools to build a variety of functioning vehicles. Build your motorized crane and bring it to life with the power of a 6V electrical motor! Play with its rotary body and extendable hook! Take it all apart and rebuild 24 other motorized models including a Helicopter, Buggy and more! Easily store all of your parts and tools in the plastic carrying case. It’s a 25-in-1 motorized construction set with 638 pieces to inspire limitless imagination as your child builds and develops their motor skills. The future is yours to build with Meccano!


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#2.Rainbow Mags 40 piece glass color Magnetic tiles with colored magnets. THE IGLOO SET


Introducing the all NEW design and look - part of the Magnetic Stick N’ Stack brand “Rainbow Mags 40 piece glass color Magnetic tiles with colored magnets - THE IGLOO SET!” We took the idea of our Magnetic Stick N’ Stacks and revolved the idea to creating these newly designed magnets. Transparent/clear tiles with colored magnets! You can create the igloo with these tiles, as pictured. Or you can just create anything you would like with these. These are the same high-quality pieces as our original Magnetic Stick N’ Stacks, just with the change of colors. This set includes 40 transparent/Clear magnetic tiles, in six different shapes. These are great for developing patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills. Use them for guided activities or hours of open-ended fun and exploration. These will work well alone or together with any other Magnetic Stick N’ Stack pieces, plus with other brands too. Cool and hours of nonstop fun. Love and enjoy our newly designed creation and the next well-loved masterpiece we have created for you all! Recommended for ages 2+. This set would make a great gift idea to Magnetic Stick N’ Stack pros or beginners. Pick up your “Rainbow Mags 40 piece glass color Magnetic tiles with colored magnets - THE IGLOO SET!” TODAY!


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#1.42 Piece Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set, Tints


Tegu Blocks are built to foster curiosity. The mystery of magnets offers an experience that starts with marvel and joy. The very first "click-clack" of two blocks coming together sparks an instant magical discovery. Simple magnets and blocks become so much more, and Boundless Play is off and running. Tegu has reinvented the wooden block in a way that brings new life to a favored classic. By safely embedding magnets into each piece, Tegu Blocks become curiously attractive for both kids and kids at heart. Defy gravity and push your imagination in ways never before possible. No instruction manuals or electronics; just toys that demand imagination and inspire limitless creativity across all ages. Open-ended play is endangered, but we're bringing it back. Created with beautiful sustainably sourced hardwoods and safe water-based finishes, these blocks have proven wildly addictive for kids (and kids at heart) and will encourage the simple joy of creating for generations. This set includes 42 blocks in nine shapes: 4 Tall Columns, 4 Medium Columns, 6 Short Planks, 6 Long Planks, 6 Mega Planks, 6 Cubes, 2 Parallelograms, 4 Short Angles and 4 Wheels.


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