These building toys make great STEM / STEAM gifts for your kids because they not only are tons of fun but they improve fine motor skills, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and problem solving.
Building Gifts for Kids
1. Jumperrobot (ages 8+)
Build seven bouncing robots that use an electric motor and a spring-loaded mechanism to jump forward in a continuous motion. Learn about elasticity, potential and kinetic energy, the spring constant, cams and linkages.
2. LEGO 3 in 1 Forest Animals (ages 7+)
My kids love this 3 in 1 LEGO building toy set. You can make a monkey, teddy bear or a squirrel! I like that it gets taken apart and built again and again.
3. Laser Pegs 8-in-1 Sports Car (ages 5 – 8)
This 8 in 1 Sports Car building toy kit from Laser Pegs includes the Rally Car, F-1 Racer, Modified Racer and Land Speed Record to name a few. Light up your creations to totally amp up the building experience. Comes with a Power Block Power Base, 2 Laser Pegs, 83 Construction Bricks and 4 Tire Pegs.
4. Thinking Putty Creatures Green (ages 3+)
Thinking Putty Creatures have a unique texture and come with a pair of big creature eyes. We love our original Thinking Putty building toy and now can’t wait to try this expanded version.
5. Archiform Building Set (ages 5+)
Make a pre-fab building with this toy set. You get “lumber” (31 pieces of plywood board, 75 pieces of pinewood rod, and two staircases), “hardware” (38 plastic parts), and five designs for structures. Kids connect the lumber with the plastic pieces to build.
6. Brio Builder Construction Set (ages 3+)
I love this construction set for kids. It features 135 pieces, including a hammer, screwdriver, pliers and wrench. A fun way to practice hand/eye coordination.
7. P’Kolino Multi-Solution Double Sided Bug Puzzle (ages 18 months – 6 years)
This wonderful multi-solution puzzle is double sided with one side solid colors and the other fun patterns. Mixe the two sides together and the possible solutions are practically endless. I absolutely adore these puzzles– they are so good for kids!! (Also available: Flower Puzzle, Space Ship Puzzle.)
8. LEGO Fusion Town Master (ages 7 – 12)
My kids are addicted to this kit — you can use it for multiple kids. It comes with 256 LEGO® pieces, a Fusion baseplate for capturing your creations digitally and instructions for play and downloading the free Town Master App. Each child can make buildings on the Fusion plate and upload to their devices. The free app puts the building into their town and gives the kids tasks and things to do like catching a robber or helping someone get to the hospital.
9. Dynamo Dominos (ages 3+)
Build a colorful trail of 100 wooden dominoes. Add a bridge, bell, rails, and assorted tricks. Tap one rectangle and watch them all come tumbling down. There’s no right or wrong way to build your domino trail. Make it different every time. This is a great open-ended toy for imaginative kids.
10. Kinetic Sand + Wooden Sand Box (ages 3+)
Kinetic Sand is amazing stuff – it’s soft and easy to mold! It enhances sensory awareness, fine motor skills, and creativity. It is stress reducing and captures and maintains attention.
11. Prismania (ages 3 – 5)
I love this wooden puzzle toy that allows children to explore some of the basic properties of color (hue and intensity) while developing their fine motor skills and learning to think in three-dimensions.
12. OgoBILD Animate It! Studio Kit with Webcam (ages 8+)
Learn to make stop motion animation movies with this incredible kit containing Animate It! Express software, 103 OgoBILD construction toys and instructions. My kids are making some amazing movies with this kit! SEE MY REVIEW OF OGOBILD ANIMATE IT!
13. Ravensburger Shark Alarm Puzzle with Flaps (ages 5+)
73 piece Finding Nemo puzzle features 9 secret flaps that reveal fun facts.
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Lego Mixels Flurr (ages 6+)
FLURR is the leader of the chilled-out tribe Frosticons, a blue Mixel tribe that hails from the frozen crystalline shells of dead volcanoes. Features translucent frosty elements, wings, tail and posable joints; Very cute toy and just the right size gift for stockings.
LEGO Friends First Aid Jungle Bike (ages 6 – 12)
My kids love the bike and sidecar. Also comes with Emma mini-doll figure and monkey, a cave that features a button to trigger the rock fall and a secret compartment to hide things in, a walkie-talkie, helmet, shovel, medic bag, syringe, banana, mushroom, plants and a flower.
LEGO Juniors The Big Escape (4 – 7 years)
The Big Escape set is a great way to introduce your young builder to LEGO brick building. It makes a great gift set, too. Include police station features an opening jail door, raising barrier, ramp, surveillance camera, telephone and a ladder; Also includes police dog with a bone, 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: 2 policemen and a crook.
LEGO Architecture Studio (Ages 15+)
WHOA – You’ll get 1210 LEGO pieces with a 272 page inspirational guidebook of tips, techniques, features, and exercises in this kit.
That’s it! I spent hours choosing these building toys with your kids in mind . . . and mine, too. I hope this helps you find the perfect learning gift for your child.
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