A Mighty Girl's top picks of building and engineering toys for inventive Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.
It starts the first moment an infant or toddler realizes that one block can balance on another block. Before you know it, building a tower to the sky (and making it crash down!) has become a favorite activity. For many kids, building toys remain favorites throughout childhood, with structures becoming more complex as kids' building skills advance. And once they can incorporate moving parts, budding engineers get to really explore all the incredible things they can put together!
If you have an amateur architect or engineer on your hands, some intriguing new building toys make a great gift idea. By expanding the materials available for building, you can help kids develop useful skills like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, planning, and spatial perception — and, of course, let them have a great time doing it! With that in mind, we've showcased our favorite building and engineering toys for kids from toddlers to teens in this blog post, with classic building toys featured in the first part and engineering sets featured in the final section. Whether they are interested in building with blocks, bricks, rods, and connectors, or experimenting with magnets, wedges, and more, there’s something here that will intrigue every child!
Building and Engineering Toys
As soon as kids learn to stack, they can start having building fun! These toys start out with simple options, but rapidly incorporate more complex forms of building capable of building more elaborate things.
The littlest builders don't just stack blocks: they also toss, squeeze, and even chew them! These squishy plastic blocks are soft enough to be safe even in the hands of overenthusiastic kids, and the BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free material means you don't have to worry if they end up in someone's mouth. Each block also features a different animal and a number from 1 to 10, all hand-sculpted. This set comes in a recycled plastic bag for easy storage.
Get stacking with this big but soft blocks from ECR4Kids! The SoftZone stacking block set includes twelve colorful cubes. All twelve are made with a dense foam core that holds up to tough play, but is soft and light enough to be safe. They're covered in a polyurethane material that's colorful, easy to clean, and phthalate free. They're the perfect choice for stacking fun in either home or classroom! And for another SoftZone set — this one designed to get kids climbing, sliding, and rolling — check out the Soft Climb and Crawl Set.
Build her towers to the skies with this massive collection of 150 Mega Bloks! These chunky blocks are perfect for little builders: easy to hold, simple to click together, and safe for toddler play. They all come in a zippered bag that's big enough to store these blocks, plus more as her collection grows. For another set of Mega Bloks perfect for young builders, check out the First Builders Big Building Bag which includes 80 colorful pieces.
Learn your letters with the LEGO DUPLO Alphabet Truck! This fun set includes 26 letter bricks that kids can use to practice identifying letter names, ordering the alphabet, and more. Use the 36 pieces to build the truck and trailer and get the two DUPLO figures, one girl and one boy, playing with early literacy skills. It even comes with an ABC poster with life-sized images of the bricks so kids can practice matching. Plus, since all the pieces are compatible with other DUPLO bricks, it's a fun way to add to your brick box! And to get kids building with numbers, check out the DUPLO My First Number Train.
Little kids love building as much as big kids do — and with this set of classic DUPLO bricks, they are sure to be inspired! This 80-piece set of bricks comes with easy instructions to build 15 objects toddlers will recognize, including a house, ice cream, a whale, and a flower. Clever elements printed with eyes, vehicle windows, and more encourage kids to build their own creations, too! And since DUPLO bricks are big enough to avoid choking hazards and be easy to manipulate, even the littlest kids can play.
Get building with this incredibly durable, versatile magnetic building set! Blockaroos are soft foam magnetic blocks that easily click together, rotate 360 degrees, and always attract to each other. As a result, even toddlers can easily enjoy building play with these brightly colored blocks. However, this 17-piece set can grow with your child, because the unique shapes and open-ended design challenge kids to create more elaborate builds. You can combine them with other Blockaroos sets, and they're even waterproof, making them safe to use in the bath!
Little animal lovers will be thrilled to add these adorable baby animals to their LEGO DUPLO collection! This 9-piece set comes with four animals — a panda, a giraffe, an elephant, and a white tiger — plus a few accessory bricks you can use to give them a lush enclosure, including a piece that looks like bamboo stalks! She'll be able to build the zoo of her dreams with this set.
Pay tribute to 32 women who changed the world with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! This hand-crafted set features women who made significant contributions to the world, including figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and more. Each block features one woman's name, portrait, quote, and a short explanation of her historical importance. Together, the blocks can be assembled to form the Suffrage Movement slogan Deeds Not Words. They're sturdy enough for play but also make a beautiful display piece and learning tool — and, like all Uncle Goose products, they're made in the USA from sustainable Michigan basswood and non-toxic inks.
Stack lilies, petunias, and daisies to create your own colorful floral arrangement with this inventive building toy from Green Toys! With 44 brightly colored pieces to play with, there are a vast number of combinations to create. Sort by size, color, and shape, or just have fun creating a nice display. Parents will love Green Toys' commitment to the environment: all Green Toy products are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Elements are the building blocks of the universe — and now they can be the building blocks of your toy box with this fun set from Uncle Goose! 20 solid wood building blocks, made in the US from sustainable Michigan basswood, feature the elements of the periodic table painted in non-toxic, child-safe inks. And even though they're building blocks, don't think they're just for babies — chemistry geeks will love these colorful blocks as much at 36 years as 36 months! For two more of Uncle Goose's science-themed block sets, check out the Dinosaur Blocks and the Fossil Blocks.
Whether using the hammer to pound in the nails, or the Phillips and flathead screwdrivers to tighten the bolts, kids love all the do-it-yourself projects that are possible with this set from Green Toys! This 15-piece toolbox play set is made from 100% recycled plastic and manufactured in the USA. Holes on each side of the toolbox fit the nails, bolts, and 2-hole connectors, so kids can build fine motor skills as they practice real-life DIY skills. When playtime's done, organize all your tools in the box, just like a real carpenter!
Celebrate the beauties of the changing Moon with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! This set of 9 1.75-inch blocks shows all of the Moon's phases with two debossed sides showing the phase and its cycle location. The other four sides of each cube are printed with moon rise and set times, tidal effects, a phase illustration, and the moon's location in relation to the sun. Plus, one bonus block depicts a lunar eclipse! Like all Uncle Goose products, these blocks are made in the USA from sustainable Michigan basswood and printed with non-toxic inks. For another astronomy-themed set from this company, check out the Planet Building Blocks.
Any creation is possible with the Kid K'NEX Budding Builders tub! These K'NEX for preschool-aged kids are bigger than standard K'NEX, but offer the same rod and connector building fun. Aspiring young K'NEX builders can choose from 100 colorful parts and pieces to make 50 amazing building ideas from the instruction book, or come up with their own ideas. When they're done, everything packs in the plastic storage tub. Plus, parents will love that K'NEX are responsibly made in America at a landfill-free, zero-waste green manufacturing facility in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
Even kids love to use power tools! With the Take Apart Airplane from Battat, kids can assemble and disassemble a colorful plane with a power drill that comes with three different bits. With practice, they'll learn how to optimize their work, practicing their fine motor skills and concentration. It's the perfect toy for any child who dreams of building a real plane someday! For another Take Apart set, check out this Take Apart Crane.
Learn the basics of robotic engineering with this kit from Thames and Kosmos' Kids First line! Kids follow along with a storybook as they build non-motorized models of the ten robots in the story, learning about concepts like gear trains and simple machines. The robots kids will build have moving parts, so they can learn firsthand about simple machines and gear trains. Large pieces make it easy for preschoolers to build all by themselves — and to experiment on their own.
If your kids love music, why not let them build their own wacky musical instrument? This 24-piece set from Quercetti allows you to assemble your very own instrument out of ABS plastic parts. The set includes two mouthpieces and two trumpet-style bells, so you can even make a pair of instruments to play with a friend. By joining the variously shaped pieces, you can make an instrument like nothing the world has ever seen — and find out what it sounds like when you play it!
Combine power tools and bright colors with this set from Educational Insights! Kids can follow one of the 20 included pattern cards or come up with their own patterns. With 120 bolts in 5 colors, they've got plenty of inspiration in the box. Three different bits fit both the screwdriver and the drill, and then the included wrench helps them get all the pieces out to start all over again.
Celebrate generations of building play with this tin of Lincoln Logs! This 111-piece tin was issued in honor of the classic toy's 100th anniversary. Inspired by one of the toy's original sets, the Meeting House, this set also includes hints to create other builds, including a tall tower, two small houses with a bonfire, and a large cabin — and enough pieces that kids can build according to their own inspiration. The all-maple wood pieces fit together snugly and are stained in shades of brown, red, and green, and everything stores neatly in the collectible tin when building time is done.
Build your very own rocket — and imagine exploring the galaxy — with this Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Rocket from Educational Insights! This rocket comes with 6 parts that kids assemble using 7 bolts and a real, kid-safe battery powered drill. Then, pop the astronaut figure (and her puppy pal) into the cockpit and imagine her adventures in outer space! It's sure to inspire your budding builder for hours of pretend play.
Explore a new way to create a marble run with these magnetic foam pieces you can set up on a fridge door or magnetic board! Kids can create their own run or duplicate one of the designs on the activity boards, but that's not all: because the magnetic pieces can be adjusted in all sorts of ways, they'll get to explore problem solving and engineering by manipulating the height and angle of the pieces to see what makes the marble speed up, slow down, or change direction. Plus, storage is simple, with flat pieces that tuck away neatly.
You can create a beautiful spinning flower garden with this Gears! Gears! Gears! set from Learning Resources! There are 116 pieces in this kit: in addition to the colorful gears, kids will get flowers, stems, and even insect components like butterflies, bees, and ladybugs. Slot the gears together and turn the handle to watch your creation spin — then pull them apart and build something new! You can even combine the set with other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets for plenty of flexible fun — and build problem solving, critical thinking, and fine motor skills along the way.
Magna Tiles are another magnetic building toy that provides great play potential. These solid tiles are great for simulating bricks, windows, and plating on the outside of vehicles. They’re great for playing with pattern and shape, either in two or three dimensions This 32-piece set with clear colors will get you started, or you can get the 100-piece Clear Colors Magna Tiles Set, which includes a variety of sizes and shapes of tiles, including large and small squares and isoceles, equilateral, and right-angle triangles, all in a translucent plastic that's sure to spark the imagination.
Tinkertoys are back and better than ever! This classic toy gets an update with pieces that snap together for long-lasting play and bendable plastic rods that allow an even bigger range of creative possibilities; at the same time, all your favorite pieces -- rods, spools, wheels, and more -- are back. It's compatible with the older version, so you can start a new collection or add to an existing one. This 100 piece Essentials set includes an instruction sheet with ideas for 13 models and general building tips.
From Uncle Goose, the American maker of heirloom-quality wooden blocks, comes a colorful set of building blocks in mod patterns that let you design your own village! The 80-piece Gosling Square blocks set comes with 32 cubes, each 1 3/4" on a side; 32 triangles; and 16 half-blocks. A door, window, or archway is debossed on one side of each, with a decorative pattern debossed on the opposite side. Mix and match them to create a modern, vibrant village all your own! Plus, like all Uncle Goose blocks, these are proudly made in Michigan with sustainable basswood, and printed using non-toxic, mouth-safe inks.
Magformers are a unique and colorful way to build! They're never frustrating, because they're designed to attract no matter how you line them up, and the plastic-sealed magnets are safe even for young children. Although the shapes are seemingly simple, you can build an amazing variety of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes with ease. The 62-piece set comes with 30 squares, 20 triangles, and 12 pentagons for hours of creative building fun — and for even more options, the Magformers 144-piece set includes rectangles, hexagons, and other shapes.
Introduce kids to some of the world’s most iconic animals and objects with this LEGO Classic Around the World playset, including 15 inspiring model ideas! This set includes a massive 950 colorful pieces; kids can use them to build models like a toy bald eagle, a cactus, a parrot, a baby crocodile, an orca, a lion, a palm tree, a giraffe, a red bus, a kangaroo with joey, a brown bear, an Asian house, a penguin with chick and fish, a sailing boat, and an airplane. Then, use the blocks to come up with your own creations inspired by incredible sights around the world!
Dream, design, and build with this Junior Inventor tool bet from Hape! This tool belt includes all the bits and pieces you need to experiment with basic tool and construction skills, including screws, nuts, bolts, a wheel, a hook, a screwdriver, a wrench, and more. Kids can put the pieces together in different ways to figure out how things work, while also building their fine motor skills. Ideas for three experiments are available through the free app that provides a step-by-step guide to getting the most out of your kit! And to extend the fun with a workspace and even more projects to try, check out the Junior Inventor Workbench too.
Get building in a whole new way with Clixo! This patented building toy, made with flexible, washable material and featuring easy to use magnetic connectors, quickly gets kids building a wide variety of shapes with ease. Kids will love the satisfying "click" as the magnets securely connect! As they snap, stack, and flex the pieces, they'll find plenty of creative ways they can build. This 60-piece set comes with a variety of shapes and colors of pieces, plus a quick-start guide to get kids going!
Young adventurers can build the castle of their dreams with this stunning 150-piece block set! The solid pine blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes including arches, bridges, turrets, and towers which let young builders create a new castle every day. The assorted shapes, cut-outs, and burned-in windows encourage imaginative play that will make this block set the center of countless medieval adventures! Plus, the high-quality construction from FAO Schwarz ensures they can hold up for years of heavy-duty play.
It's easy to build an awesome marble run with the Quadrilla system from Hape! These wooden marble runs are designed to be stable and easy to assemble, with pieces that notch together easily. Beautiful colors and cool shaped — including the distinctive spiral — make for exciting results! This 50-piece set is perfect to get her started, but if she wants to build even bigger, it's compatible with all other Quadrilla sets, including favorites like the Quadilla Cyclone and Quadrilla Challenger sets!
This impressive creative brick set provides plenty of colors, sizes, and shapes to prompt building and discovery! With 1,000 bricks included, the set allows children to imagine and create all sorts of figures, objects, and buildings. Children develop fine motor skills while constructing, and the building cards will support and inspire their creativity. Serious LEGO builders will be thrilled to have a wider selection of the 2X4, 2X2, and 1X2 blocks that always seem to run out too soon.
LEGO bricks are a classic building toy! To get your collection started — or to expand the sets you already have — check out this set of 790 classic LEGO bricks in 33 different colors. The set includes accessory pieces like faces, eyes, and wheels, as well as bricks in a variety of colors, including rare light blue bricks. It comes in a convenient plastic storage box and is an ideal supplement to any existing LEGO collection. For a smaller set with 484 pieces, check out the Lego Classic Medium Creative Bricks Box.
Encourage freeform building with this massive set of LEGO bricks! This 1,500-piece set includes bricks in a wide variety of vibrant colors, plus fun accessory pieces like eyes, wheels, windows, doors, and more. A handy brick separator is also included, making it easier for kids to take apart creations to rebuild themselves! A booklet provides inspiration for a variety of increasingly challenging builds — or just let her imagination soar as she creates all on her own!
Quadrilla from Hape is the most stable wooden marble run on the market and so much fun for kids and adults! Children will love constructing their own unique designs and watching the way marbles roll through them, or copying the wonderfully concise designs included in the Twist and Rail play manual. Start simple to get the hang of all the color coded blocks, then increase the complexity of designs. How high can you build?
Kids can imagine themselves as astronauts-in-training — and learn the real basics of electrical circuits — with this Design & Drill set from Educational Insights! As kids follow along with the instruction guide and double-side space-themed challenge cards, they'll use a real kid-safe drill to bolt connectors together on the circuit board. As kids work, they'll learn a little bit about how electricity works, and what you can do with some electrical engineering knowledge! This 52-piece set includes a space-themed circuit board, a battery pack, the kid-safe drill, challenge cards, an instruction book, and all the connectors you need.
This is a real tool set that's perfect for budding builders! This tool set from Stanley Jr. looks and feels just like Mom or Dad's tools — and they're build to last like them, too. The only difference is that they're scaled down to fit a child's hands. Included are a hammer, No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips screwdrivers, a tape measure, and safety goggles. For even more tools for your budding builder, check out the Stanley Jr. 10-Piece Tool Set.
Develop your building skills — and have a ton of fun — with this building kit from Stanley Jr.! This 35-piece set comes with all parts necessary to build and paint a yellow and blue truck with a catapult, plus 3 foam balls for you to lob when it's done. With simple tools like a hammer, screwdriver, and wood glue (not included), she can build this 5.9 inch long truck in about an hour, then enjoy rolling it around and firing the catapult at will. Plus, you can download the free Stanley Jr. woodworking app to get step-by-step guidance, share your creations, and much more!
Keep little brains busy with this innovative building toy from Viahart. Brain Flakes discs snap together and apart quickly and easily, and they can be assembled in so many configurations that nothing limits the imagination of little builders! This set comes with 500 discs in a variety of bright, fun colors that are sure to prompt creativity, and includes a reusable jar for easy storage when building time is done.
Learn to make awesome domino art with the help of Lily Hevesh, the #1 Domino artist in the world! This 100-piece Domino Creations set provides easy-to-follow directions and top tips, complete with full-color photographs, so you can learn the principals behind these cool chain reaction creations. With 100 dominoes, 2 half-bridges, 3 fieldstarters, 1 template, and instructions, you'll be toppling epic designs in no time! For another set for younger domino builders, check out Hape's Dynamo Dominoes set.
Create amazing forts with this 120-piece set from Obuby! Kids can easily pop the 75 sturdy plastic rods into the 45 child-safe joint balls to create frameworks for forts and other constructions, from domes to pyramids to castles and much more. Once they're creation is finished, top it off with a blanket to make the perfect fort — or take it apart to experiment with another shape. Plus, parents will love that it comes with an idea guide and a handy storage bag for when playtime is done!
Explore the wonders of the forest with Anna and Olaf from Frozen with this LEGO Frozen II Enchanted Treehouse building set! As kids create this 302-piece set, they'll build a treehouse with a bedroom and dining room, a ladder up to a lookout, and a zip line that takes them down to the forest floor. A camping area and a fishing area — complete with a "leaping" fish — completes this exciting setting! For two more sets inspired by this film, check out the LEGO Frozen 2 Anna's Canoe Expedition set and the LEGO Frozen 2 Elsa's Wagon Carriage Adventure set.
Prepare to protect endangered animals with this building set from the LEGO City line! This 503-piece Wildlife Rescue Camp set lets you make a treehouse station, a mobile lab, and some fun vehicles like an ultralight plane, a motorbike, and a dinghy. The six wildlife rescuer minifigures include a variety of cool accessories, including binoculars, coolers, a walkie-talkie, and more! Plus you'll get figures of an eagle, an elephant, a lion, a lioness, 2 lion cubs, and 2 monkeys.
Young DIY-ers and builders will love this set of junior tools from Craftsman! These are real steel-forged tools, made to fit smaller hands, that look just like Mom and Dad's. The set comes with 6” slip-joint pliers, a 6” adjustable wrench, 5-1/2” safety scissors, a 12 foot tape measure, two screwdrivers, an 8 ounce stubby claw hammer, and a set of safety glasses. Plus, everything packs neatly into a durable 600 denier polyester bag that's perfect for storage or transport to the job site.
Fans of Raya and the Last Dragon will love this LEGO set that allows them to build the Heart Palace! With this 610-piece set, kids will build an 11" wide semi-circular palace with a revolving wall that reveals a secret room, a treasure chest, and central and side towers that open to reveal more play space. Raya and Naamari minidolls can explore the palace, alongside figures of their pets, Tuk Tuk and Serlot. She'll be able to imagine all sorts of adventures with this set! For two more LEGO sets starring Raya, check out the Boun's Boat and Raya and Sisu building sets.
You can build real itty-bitty robots with the tools in this tiny engineering lab from Smart Lab! The Tiny Robots set introduces kids to principals of robotics as they experience with axles, wheels, arms, legs, and gears inside a transparent chassis. They'll learn how gears and axles combine to let robots walk, roll, crawl, or spin; how robots sense and interact with their environment; and how to direct them to accomplish specific tasks. With 26 teensy tools and an instruction manual that guides them through 15 motorized builds, this is the perfect tiny introduction to robotics!
Make learning electronics easy and fun with this starter pack of Snap Circuits from Elenco! Snap Circuits are color-coded, real circuit components that easily snap together to create working devices — no soldering necessary! This set includes 30 components that kids can use to create 101 do-it-yourself projects, from an AM radio to a burglar alarm to a working doorbell. When she's done, these pieces are compatible with all other Snap Circuits sets, so there's no end to the circuits she can build!
You can build six bird models out of wooden puzzle pieces — without any tools or glue! — with this set from Hands Craft! The bundle includes a parrot, an eagle, a peacock, a flamingo, an owl, and a swan, each between 6.5 and 8.5 inches long. Punch out the high-quality plywood pieces and slot them together to create these intricate bird models to display! It's a fun way to enjoy some puzzle time while paying tribute to the beauty of birds.
This enchanted unicorn kit has everything you need to create a buildable, codable UnicornBot! The 3D, 360° animated building instructions on the free JIMU app (compatible with devices using iOS 9.0 and up or Android 5.0 and up) will guide you through assembling the 440 parts, including smooth motion servos, a motor, and an RGB light-up horn. Then, you can use the easy-to-learn Blockly coding platform to teach your Unicornbot to move, pick-up objects, recognize colors, and more! It's a fantasy-inspired introduction to the basics of robotics and coding that kids will love. And if she's more of a dragon fan, check out JIMU's Firebot kit which lets you build and code a dragon!
Part track system, part marble run, Gravitrax is a unique way to explore gravity and momentum! By building different levels and experimenting with track styles and features like curves, freefalls, and even a cannon, kids will discover how to control the speed of the ball they drop and make it do truly awesome tricks. With over 100 pieces in the starter set and 18 different building elements, its open-ended design is perfect to encourage budding tinkerers and engineers!
Build your own dragon — and code it to move, roar, and more — with this unique robotics kit from JIMU! The Firebot dragon comes with over 600 parts and components, including enough to choose two different wing styles for your dragon robot. Download the free JIMU app (compatible with iOS and Android devcies) for step-by-step, 3D, 360° animated building instructions. Then, use the Blockly coding platform to teach your Firebot to navigate obstacles, perform tasks, move its wings, and even let its snout glow with red or blue "fire"!
With the Base Inventor Kit from littleBits, creative kids have everything they need to turn their ideas into inventions! littleBits are modular electronic components that connect with no glue or solder, making them a quick and easy way to prototype. With a range of bits that move, light up, and make noise, kids will try 12 different projects, including a voice-activated robotic gripper arm and a room-protecting Intruder alarm — then, they'll come up with their own inventions! Plus, this set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so you can build her collection as much as you'd like.
Build yourself an amazing marble run anywhere magnets stick with this cool kit from National Geographic! With the 50 pieces in this kit, kids can quickly create elaborate marble runs on fridges, white boards, filing cabinets, and more. Secure-fit connectors make it easy for kids to snap components together, and the guide provides inspiration for ways to use the parts, plus space to draw and plan. With 33 tracks and connectors, 6 trick pieces including a bell, a wheel, and a lever, and 10 marbles, she'll be able to plan and build some awesome paths in no time.
Simple machines are the foundation of so many things — and now kids can learn more about them in this kit from Thames & Kosmos! As kids follow along with the 26 model-building exercises in the 32-page, full-color manual, they're learn about wheels and axles, levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, and wedges, as well as gears. Then they'll discover the incredible power of these machines, and the principles behind them, when you combine them! The modular construction pieces can be used again and again, either to rebuild models from the kid or to create your own, allowing hours of scientific exploration.
Get ready to blast off into space exploration with the LEGO Creator 3in1 Space Shuttle Adventure set! The female astronaut is ready to go, with her space suit, helmet, and special multi-tool. Using the 486 pieces in this set, you can build a traditional rocket, a space shuttle, and a lunar lander for her to use during her adventures. With fun details like shuttle doors that really open and a satellite to deploy, this set is sure to inspire budding astronauts!
With Engino Structures: Buildings and Bridges set, you can learn all about buildings and how they literally support our lives! Construct different types of bridges and find out how their architecture design provides massive weight support. Discover all the types of forces applied and how engineers manage to reduce their effects. With 9 working models to build, including five different types of bridges, budding engineers will love this set.
Imagine yourself in Professor McGonagall's Transfiguration class with this build and play set from LEGO! With this 241-piece set, you'll assemble the Transfiguration classroom, complete with a blackboard, a treasure chest, a storage cupboard, 2 desks, 2 chairs, and a lot of magical supplies to practice with. You'll also get minifigures of Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Professor McGonagall minifigures, plus Ron's pet rat Scabbers, and a frog for magic practice. For two more LEGO Hogwarts sets to build, check out the Fluffy Encounter and Chamber of Secrets building sets.
The Snap Circuits Green Energy Kit makes learning about electricity and alternate energy fun! This award-winning kit features 125 step-by-step projects that teach kids how technology allows us to use renewable energy sources — and to make the most efficient use out of whatever power source we use. With over 45 parts, including green energy components like a fan, a solar cell, and more, there's plenty to learn about making clean power... and like all Snap Circuits kits, no soldering is required, allowing kids to quickly and easily build the projects in the kit or prototype their own circuits.
Learn about circuitry, electronics, and much more with this Snap Circuits kit from Elenco! You'll build an electronic circuit on the Snap Rover base; because the Snap Circuits components go together with no soldering required, kids can experiment as they please. Then, connect your rover to the Snap Circuits Coding App and you can program it to move or to make patterns of lights and sounds. This set comes with the Snap Rover, the SC Controller, more than 25 other Snap Circuits parts, and an easy-to-use, full-color project manual explains electrical and coding concepts and includes exciting coding challenges.
Turn the whole world into a keyboard! Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Use your wildest imagination and turn everyday objects into touch sensitive pads — turning bananas into piano keys, or a drawing on a piece of paper into a joystick! You could even make a keyboard out of alphabet soup. Because the computer treats Makey Makey as a regular input device, you can use it with any program or webpage. It's a simple invention kit for beginners or experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between!
Build a mechanical music machine with this cool engineering set from Smartivity and Elenco that combines STEM with the arts to make STEAM! Kids will follow the directions in the instruction booklet to assemble the 237 parts, including engineered wooden sheets, bands, sound plates, a handle pipe, and movable pegs — no glue required. After assembling the xylophone, kids can insert one of the included music sheets and turn the handle to play the tune. or, they can insert the movable pegs themselves to create their very own composition!
Build incredible chain reactions of wacky machines with this kit from Klutz and LEGO! The idea book includes directions for ten LEGO machines that can turn, pivot, drop, and more... put them together and you can create a truly impressive series. 33 unique LEGO elements are included; the only other thing you need is standard LEGO elements — and a little ingenuity! Along the way, kids will learn about simple machines and some of the basic scientific principles that power the gear we use every day.
With this fun kit from littleBits, kids can build their own interactive space rover! littleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets and allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype. The space rover kit comes with 34 components that kids can use to complete 30 space-themed projects inspired by the challenges facing real NASA astronauts and engineers, including a space rock collector and an alien life detector. It even includes stories of real-life space pioneers to inspire young explorers and engineers. Once they've tried the included projects, kids can experiment endlessly with their own inventions!
Fans of Minecraft know that a good horse can make all the difference on your adventures! With this 241-piece LEGO building set, kids will assemble a horse stable and three modular grass plates they can arrange around the stable to suit their story. Buildable horses look just like the horse mobs in the game! The minifigure is ready to go for a ride, or to do battle with the skeleton horseman to keep her horses safe. With plenty of game-authentic details, this set is perfect to bring Minecraft off the screen and into the LEGO bin. For another cool Minecraft-themed building kit, check out the LEGO Minecraft The Sky Tower kit for ages 8 and up.
Avengers, assemble — including you! With this set from littleBits, kids will join their favorite Avengers, including Iron Man, Black Panther and Shuri, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, to create their own superhero identity. Eighteen in-app activities get kids building gear with the easy to use littleBits components, adding new abilities with easy block coding, and designing the perfect superhero icon with the LED Matrix bit. Authentic Avengers sound effects make this an absorbing and exciting way to learn real STEM skills!
Simple machines do amazing things! This set from K'Nex shows kids the power of the lever and the pulley to move things that can't be moved by muscle power alone. The guide shows kids how to build 8 different models, including all 3 classes of levers and fixed, movable, and combination pulley systems. The set comes with 178 rods and connectors — enough for 2 or 3 kids to work as a team — a Teacher Guide on CD, and a plastic storage case. They'll have a new appreciation for how things work after experimenting with this kit!
With LEGO VIDIYO, kids can create with bricks — then use the VIDIYO app to create their own music videos! Inside The Boombox kit, kids will find 996 pieces, including four minifigures of a vampire, leopard, fairy, and alien. Create your stage, then scan the model with the app to watch it appear in digital form! Scan the BeatBits into the app to unlock special effects like flames, or swap around the four different heads to use different music genres. When they're happy with their music video, they can share it with others through the app on a kid-safe social feed. It's the perfect way to foster creative kids' interest in music, building, and more!
Learn to solder electronics in a fun way with this kit from Rocket Department! Made for beginners who have never soldered before, this kit lets you build a hilarious jitterbug. High quality components and clear step-by-step instructions guide learners through the process, making it easy to focus on learning the skill. When you're done, the vibration motor in the kit will make your bug jitter and scurry across the tabletop!
Build a tribute to some of the ground-breaking women who took American into space with this much-anticipated set from LEGO Ideas! This fan-designed set features astronomer Nancy Grace Roman; computer scientist Margaret Hamilton; astronaut and physicist Sally Ride; and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison, each as part of a vignette depicting their role with NASA. It's a wonderful way to inspire the women in STEM of future generations!
Learn the principals of mechanical engineering and coding with this robotics kit from Elenco's best-selling Snap Circuits! This mission-based robot kit gets kids building their Mech 5 robot, then putting instructions on a mechanical coding wheel in the middle. Use the right coding buttons and the robot can move forward or backward, rotate, throw, lift, kick, draw, and more! With over 220 parts, and no screens needed, it's a fun, hands-on way to learn more about programming.
Keep all your repair supplies close to hand with this suede tool belt from Custom Leathercraft! Unlike many toolbelts, this can fit a waist as small as 29 inches, so even tweens and teens can wear it. Two large pockets and one small pocket, as well as a loop for a hammer, ensure you have plenty of space, and the polyweb belt has a quick release buckle for when the job is done.
She can dive into the world of robotics with this updated kit from LEGO Mindstorms! In the Robot Inventor kit, she'll learn to build five different motorized robots and vehicles by following the free Robot Inventor app. Then, she can use Scratch-based, drag-and-drop coding to bring her creations to life and complete over 50 challenging missions — or use the 949 pieces to come up with her own invention! With an intelligent Hub with a 5x5 LED screen, 6-axis gyro, and speaker, plus powerful motors and accurate sensors, she'll build STEM skills — and have a ton of fun.
For a budding engineer or just someone who wants to understand the exciting world of electronics in a new way, Elenco's We Make soldering kit is a must! The included instruction manual teaches you soldering techniques while also teaching you about all the components in the kit. Then you'll build a two-IC FM radio that really works! Included are lead-free solder, a soldering iron, wire cutters and the radio board.
Build yourself a perfectly tiny bookshop with this DIY kit from Robotime! Putting together the kit is like assembling a 3D puzzle; all of the pieces are there but you'll cut, fold, and stick to get them just right. Lay out your shop with sections for novels, history, philosophy and more! Some of your miniature books can even open to reveal their pages, and LED lights let you turn on the lamps at night. When you're done, you'll have a beautiful piece to display! For another gorgeous model from this series, check out the Miniature Greenhouse Model Kit.
Comgrow's Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer is an affordable, high-performance way to get started with 3D printing! This printer comes partly assembled, allowing you to get started fast but still learn about how it goes together and operates. You'll appreciate the upgraded extruder design that prevents clogs, the magnetic hotbed sticker that makes it easy to remove complete projects, and the "resume printing" function in case of an unexpected stoppage. With a 220 by 220 by 250mm (8.6" X 8.6" X 9.8") print area, you've got plenty of room to create. Plus, with its fully open-source code, it's easy for you to share ideas with the online community! All you need is some filament and you've got everything you need to get started!
This kit from Rokr lets you build a battery-free, 3D wood model of a vintage vitascope movie projector! Carefully assemble the 183 laser-cut wood parts, then thread in the included film — a 58 frame excerpt from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" — and turn the crank to power the light and get the film rolling! You can even adjust the focal lens to change the size and quality of the image. This 10" tall model takes approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete. It's a fun, hands-on way to learn about the history of moving pictures!
Discover the amazing world of engineering and robotics with this kit that lets you build 7 teeny robots from Geeek Club! Inside the set you'll find 70 parts, including tools like a rotary tool and a soldering iron, plus over 250 electronic components and easy-to-follow directions that are perfect for both beginners and experienced robot assemblers. The circuit-board robots you'll put together seek out light, so you can experiment with how they move by putting light sources in different places! It's a fun, hands-on way to learn more about robotics and how it can shape our world.
Build a charming, whirling music box with this kit from Robotime! This set comes with pre-painted, laser-cut pieces that take approximately four hours to assemble. Once you're done, you'll have a beautiful cherry tree scene (complete with cheerful cats) that spins as the music box plays! It's a lovely display piece that you'll take pride in building yourself.
With this incredible kit from the LEGO Ideas line, you can build a LEGO grand piano that you can actually play! This massive kit includes 3,662 pieces that let you assemble a 13/5" long LEGO concert grand piano with authentic hammer action, moving dampers, and even a height-adjustable bench. Use the motor with the LEGO Powered Up app to play a tune automatically, or play your own with the working keys! It's a truly challenging and satisfying build for the most experienced LEGO builders.
With this massive LEGO Art World Map kit, you can create a stunning map of the world! This stunning 11,695 piece kit lets you build a giant 41 by 25 inch map with three moveable land masses so that you can focus your artwork on whichever part of the world is most meaningful to you. You can customize the oceans, too, using the colorful bricks, or use the QR code to play LEGO's suggests Soundtrack. When you're done, two unique hanging elements let you mount it on a wall, where you can use other LEGO studs to mark places you've traveled — or to plan travels in the future. This lengthy, challenging build is the perfect choice for map enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the LEGO construction experience.