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!
Science lovers can also find plenty of empowering options in our blog post Wrapped up in Science: Top Science Toys for Mighty Girls.
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.
Calling all aspiring architects! She can build the city of her dreams with this colorful set that comes with a detailed playscape to inspire her plans. Special blocks for a hospital, school, police station, and market encourage imaginative play with the included figures like a doctor and firefighter. There's no end to the fun in her very own city!
This cheerful set provides a unique twist on classic wood blocks by offering an intriguing collection of shapes and colors! The whimsical blocks are full of surprises: a little jingling bell, a prism, encased rattling pearly beads, a mirror, and lots of topsy-turvy bright designs. This set, which includes 16 smooth, finely sanded beech wood pieces, finished with non-toxic, child-friendly paint, is another great eco-friendly option for your gift list.
Sets of wooden alphabet blocks have been a fixture in toy chests for generations: a simple toy with lots of potential is always a hit with kids. This block set includes a full set of 28 ABC blocks, each of which features a unique animal, a number or math symbol, two printed letters, and two embossed letters. Michigan-made Uncle Goose blocks are built like high-quality traditional block sets, with solid wood construction and embossed letters, but modern parents love them for the renewable wood and nontoxic inks used in their construction.
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 a small introductory set with 80 blocks, check out the Mega Bloks First Builders Bag.
When toddlers are dying for their older siblings' LEGO, give them DUPLO! These chunky-sized blocks are safe and easy to manipulate for toddlers and preschoolers, but come in the same bright colors and size ratios as regular LEGO blocks. This 80-piece set of basic rectangular and square bricks is the perfect starting point for your DUPLO collection -- or, use it to expand the sets you already have.
Let toddlers and preschoolers get creative with this box of DUPLO blocks that are perfectly sized to be safe and easy to hold for little hands! This set of 160 blocks in bright colors includes a number of different shapes, including elements with printed eyes, encouraging kids to use their imaginations as they build. A set of 6 double-sided activity cards provides inspiration and ideas when necessary, but you'll be amazed what they build on their own!
Part puzzle, part building toy, this set from DUPLO is the perfect first building experience for young animal lovers! Preschoolers will love sorting the 18 chunky bricks into different colors, and seeing what animals they can build in each color. Plus, each animal comes with a "snack" also in the same color! Once they've matched the pieces, they can experiment with mixing them up to see what crazy creatures they can make. Duplo bricks are specially sized for little hands to make them safe and easy to assemble. They're the perfect introduction to the world of building.
This colorful toys combines the fun of block building and train play! These maple blocks and train cars are finished with bright colors and patterns that will let their imagination run wild. The cars can be linked together or separated for even more flexible play. Parents will appreciate that the non-toxic paints are super durable, refusing to chip or peel even with rough play, but kids will just see hours of fun in their future!
Instead of building a tower, why not build a floral arrangement? This unique building set from Green Toys provides 44 vibrantly colored pieces that you can use to build your very own flowers! Stack the flower components on the stems and play with color, size, and shape, until it looks just right. And like all Green Toys products, you’ll feel good knowing they’re made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic with no BPA or phthalates.
Most wooden blocks feature the A, B, Cs — but why not Au, Be, and Cu? This beautiful set of solid-wood blocks from Uncle Goose features all the elements of the periodic table, complete with symbol, name, and atomic number These ethically-made and eco-friendly blocks would be a hit with an adult chemistry fan, too! For two more heirloom-quality science-themed block sets, check out the Dinosaur Building Blocks and the Fossil Building Blocks.
It's easy to build big ideas with the Little Tikes Waffle Blocks! Eighteen blocks slot together in ways that encourage creative building. The 14 by 14 inch pieces are durable enough to hold up to plenty of serious play, and a variety of cut-outs encourage kids to experiment with different possibilities. Plus, the durable plastic pieces allow her to use them indoors or outdoors, providing plenty of fodder for imaginative play.
Celebrate the beauty of the night sky with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! Sixteen wood blocks come imprinted with constellations, with and without lines, as well as other interesting facts like the constellation symbol, order of magnitude, and more — and like all Uncle Goose products, they're made in the US with renewable Michigan basswood. This set is perfect for budding astronomers! For another astronomy-themed set from the same company, check out these Planet Building Blocks.
Build under the deep blue sea with this kid from Kid K'Nex! Like regular K'Nex, these rods and connectors easily click together to build detailed models, but Kid K'Nex are designed for younger builders, with large parts in bright colors, plus appealing accessory pieces like colorful eyes, fins, and tentacles. Follow the instruction sheet to build 20 suggested models, or use your imagination to replicate other ocean creatures — or come up with your own!
Arts and science combine with this set of DUPLO blocks! Preschoolers will construct a STEAM park full of dynamic moving rides, fun games, and scenes using the special selection of LEGO DUPLO bricks. Along the way, they grow their understanding of gears, motion, measurement, and solving problems together in a fun and engaging way. Kids can follow the included inspiration cards, or just let their imagination run wild. This set includes 295 pieces, including both standard bricks and unique accessory pieces like slides, wheels, a cannon that actually "fires," and even fun park-themed items like balloons!
A dedicated builder doesn't just need building supplies: they need a space to work on their projects! This activity table comes with two base plates, compatible with DUPLO, LEGO, and Mega Bloks, that snap onto the surface, as well as with multiple storage bins and cubbies. Kids can build to their heart's content, knowing their creations won't have to get swept away before they're finished. Or, when craft time rolls around, take off the base plates and draw, paint, and color to your heart's content on the easily washable surface.
Why not use block building fun to help kids develop emotional awareness? In this set of DUPLO blocks, which are perfectly sized for preschoolers, eight different faces show varying emotions. Kids can build figures that match the expressions out of the blocks, then imagine a pretend-play scenario that got their character feeling that way! The clear expressions make it easy for kids to decipher what each face is feeling, making this a fun way to work some lessons on empathy into your brick box.
Learn the basics of robotic engineering with this kit from Thames and Kosmos' Kids First line! As they read a book about inquisitive kids Ty and Karlie visiting an automated candy factory, kids build non-motorized models of the ten robots in the story, learning about concepts like gear trains and simple machines. Large pieces make it easy for preschoolers to build all by themselves — and to experiment on their own when the story is done.
She can fix and build anything with this 72-piece wood toolbox set from Hape! Classic hand tools like a vice, wrench, and screwdriver are included, plus a build-on toolbox and enough screws and wood pieces to make some of her own creations. This toy is great for inspiring a love of STEM and for building skills like fine motor coordination, problem-solving, and planning, and parents will love the durable and child-safe construction and finishes. For added fun, the set even converts into a robot! For a large-scale version, check out the Master Workbench Play Set.
If your kids love music, why not let them build their own wacky musical instrument? This 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.
For all the kids who gaze longingly at older kids' K'Nex toys, now there are Kid K'Nex designed for small hands and younger minds! The chunky soft pieces are easy for younger kids to use, and the 1:1 scale idea cards make it easier for them to duplicate the end result. This set includes fun eye and ear/wing piece to allow kids to make all kinds of crazy creatures; ideas for eight creatures are included and the rest are up to their imagination! For another creative set of Kid K'Nex, check out the 100-piece Budding Builder Tub.
To encourage your future carpenter or contractor, check out this set from Step2. Realistic “wood” foam building pieces can be assembled with screws and nuts to build projects, then disassembled for more play later. The work bench is modeled after real carpentry benches, so she’ll feel like she’s using the real thing! And for even more realistic tools to use with the work bench, add Kidoozie's Little Builder Tool Belt (age 1 - 5) for play tools that look just like the real thing!
Who says blocks need to be square? Wedgits are a series of progressively-sized interlocking shapes that nest, stack, and wedge together for a wide variety of fascinating building possibilities! Because of their unique shapes, Wedgits allow kids to build 3D structures and creations quickly and easily, and this set incorporates new block designs, including 90 degree angles and straight bars, for even more creative building opportunities The deluxe set comes with 25 pieces, plus an idea book to help kids get started with this unique building toy.
With these clever gears, you can build 3D creations that you can then set spinning! Because all the gears are the same size, it's easy to put together the interlocking bases, the connectors, and the gears themselves. Then, attach a crank and see what happens when you turn it! Kids who enjoy this set can also check out themed ones like Movin' Monkeys and Wacky Wigglers, but for free building play, it's hard to beat the 150 pieces in this Super Set.
Simple shapes provide plenty of fodder for the information with classic standard unit blocks! This set of 60 hardwood blocks includes planes, columns, arches, and more, all of which fit into the included crate. Because blocks are all based on multiples or fractions of the standard unit, kids start to learn concepts about parts and wholes as they build their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination — but all they know is that these blocks make it really fun to build a tower, city, bridge, and more!
These building toys are fun little suckers! These flexible, suction-cup-tipped building components are easy to squish together and pop apart; they also stick solidly to most flat surfaces, including tabletops, windows, and even the bathtub. Because they're bendy, kids can experiment with shape easily as they build vehicles, robots, jewelry, and more. This deluxe set includes 50 Squigz to get you started. For the littlest builders, you can get pipSquigz for age 6 months to 2 years, a set of three large, textured Squigz toys that are good for building but also make a great teething toy.
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! In addition to the colorful gears, kids have 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.
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.
There are so many possibilities in these clever little flakes! Brain Flakes discs can click together in a wide variety of angles, so you can build up, sideways, and out. They're easy to put together or separate, so even kids who are just developing fine motor skills can get in on the fun! This set includes 500 flakes that come in a variety of bright, fun colors, all in a reusable storage jar.
One of the first things most kids want to build with their blocks is a castle, so why not foster that imaginative play with a castle-themed block set? These beautiful blocks from Treehaus include printed features like arched windows and roof shingles carved details like turrets and archways, perfect for sparking the imagination. 60 durable wood blocks come with this set, perfect for building a dramatic castle setting for your next adventure.
If you remember loving Tinkertoys as a kid, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re back and better than ever! The new Tinkertoys include redesigned versions of all the rods, spools, connectors, and other pieces you experimented with as a kid. The new plastic rods are slightly flexible, allowing kids to try structures that weren’t possible with the rigid wood rods of the previous version. Best of all, the new set is compatible with older wood Tinkertoys so you can expand your childhood set as you pass it on to a new generation! This Super Building set comes with 200 pieces and instructions to build 30 different models.
Building can get more intriguing with the addition of magnets, which allow you to create complex 3D shapes with ease. These plastic shapes with enclosed magnets on the edges allow you to build flat shapes or three-dimensional structures. Because the magnets always attract, they’re never frustrating for kids to use, and they’ll be intrigued at how they can “stick” the components together. This is a great base kit to begin your collection, and includes a selection of triangles, squares, and pentagons for diverse building potential; for even more options, the Magformers 144-piece set includes rectangles, hexagons, and other shapes.
This is an invention kit for everyone! Using the pieces in the MaKey MaKey set, nearly any ordinary object can become an input device for your computer. As long as the item you pick is mildly conductive, you can make it work with any program — so you can type a letter using an alphabet soup keyboard, or play a song on a keyboard made out of bananas! This creative and inspiring kit can be used by kids as young as three with adult assistance; older kids can let their imaginations run wild on their own.
Take Magformers to new heights with this set that lets you build a curving, looping track for the included sky shuttle! Each shape connects with embedded magnets that never repel one another, so building is easy. Your shuttle can do a 360 degree spin, climb a lift elevator, pass over a seesaw, and more! You can even start and stop it with the push of a button. It's the perfect choice for any budding engineer.
Build in three dimensions quickly and easily with these magnetic shapes from the makers of Magna-Tiles! Twenty-nine translucent 3D shapes, including cubes, square pyramids, triangular and rectangular prisms, and hexagonal prisms spark imagination with their bright colors and their easy assembly. Because the high-quality magnets are embedded in each shape, they're safe for kids as young as 3 to use, and their sturdy construction means they'll hold up to years of exciting building adventures.
In The Incredibles 2, Elastigirl gets to show us her stuff — and with this set from LEGO Juniors, kids can build and play out her adventures! Create a detailed rooftop scene, complete with helipad, helicopter with hypno-propellor, and the Elasticycle. The Elastigirl figure can use her long stretchy arms to chase Screen Slaver across the city! This LEGO Juniors set offers an exciting completed project that's easy for younger kids to build.
Imagine getting to build your very own amusement park! This kit lets kids do just that. By following along with the illustrated storybook, kids use the 97 pieces to build amusement park attractions, including a roller coaster and a Ferris wheel, and learn how they work along the way. You can build 20 models with this kit, or experiment with the pieces to see what other rides you can come up with! Fans of this kit can also get an Automobile Engineer kit to build 10 different vehicles.
Enjoy a terrific combination of open-ended building and eco-friendly manufacture with this set from YOXO Toys! These links and tubes combine to create all sorts of vehicles, creatures, and more. This set includes 112 colorful links and 8 tubes, plus a sheet of fun eye stickers. Parents will love that all YOXO toys are 100% recycled and recyclable; they're even made in the USA in a wind-powered factory.
For another twist on block building, check out this unique building set! These precision cut pine planks are all the same size, which allows them to stack with surprising stability — no glue or connectors required! This set includes 200 of the planks, which provides a great foundation for your building, but since all Keva planks are identical, you can easily expand your building by getting additional sets. Because the planks don't lock together, kids will develop a better understanding of gravity and balance as they build.
If you've ever tried to create a LEGO project of your own, you know how quickly you seem to run out of the basic bricks — there never seem to be enough 2X4, 2X2, and 1X2 blocks! This set will fix that with a great selection of 1,000 basic bricks. This massive set will have kids will stretching their imaginations to create the projects they see on the enclosed activity cards or to build inventions of their design!
Bring a little fantasy adventure to your marble run with this creativity-inspiring kit from Quadrilla! This marble run features design elements based off a Medieval castle, complete with towers, a column, a windmill, a hanging drawbridge, and more. The set comes with stickers to customize your castle pieces, and play elements including a griffin, a dragon, and more! It's a unique way to bring storytelling fun to your marble run play.
The beauty of LEGO is in its flexibility, which encourages creativity in young builders — and there's no better way to inspire than to give kids a big selection of bricks of all shapes, sizes, and colors! This big box of bricks includes 790 classic LEGO bricks in 33 different colors, including fun unique pieces like wheels, windows, dpprs, and more. It's a great way to stock your brick box with plenty of materials to get creative juices flowing. For a smaller set with 484 pieces, check out the Lego Classic Medium Creative Bricks Box.
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?
Build a whole community with this massive, 1,907-piece set from LEGO Education! Kids can use the blocks in this set to create a wide variety of community locations, including a zoo, a theme park, a restaurant, and more. Plenty of minifigures are includes to inhabit your community, and the included elements even let you build a few animals for your town. Up to six kids can work at once with this set, making it the perfect choice for classrooms or larger families of builders.
Explore engineering and design with this kit from Learning Resources! As kids work with the 100 easy to assemble building pieces and the included activity cards, they'll learn to complete engineering challenges, building their problem-solving skills and their understanding of key principles of design and architecture. Fans of this set can also check out the Tree House Engineering and Design Set and the Skate Park Engineering and Design Set.
This is a new take on the traditional marble run! Q-Ba-Maze blocks can be interlocked in incredibly complex shapes — instead of lines and curves, think diamonds, pyramids, and even animals! Since many blocks offer multiple exit points, the paths are more unpredictable too, meaning every run is exciting. This big box of Q-Ba-Maze blocks includes 72 cubes in five different colors, as well as 20 steel balls. Combine as many sets as you want for truly spectacular results!
With this LEGO set, kids get a wide selection of bricks, wheels, and accessories, perfect for exploring all the different ways they can build! This 871-piece set includes unique pieces like a parrot, a wrench, flippers, and a knights's sword — perfect for inspiring some imaginative building — plus colorful bricks that you can use to build a space shuttle, a pirate ship, and more. It even includes a special edition tile in honor of LEGO's 60th anniversary.
Moana is determined to save her island, no matter what it takes! Use the 307 pieces in this set to build Moana's canoe, then ride off with Maui and Hei Hei to return Te Fiti's heart. Just watch out for the Kakamora! Full of fun accessory elements, this set also allows kids to build some interesting engineering pieces, like a catapult for the Kakamora and a transforming Te Fiti island. Moana and Maui figures are included.
The K'NEX 618 piece Value Tub is ideal for children who love to play with building sets. Kids get 618 classic K'NEX rods and connectors, all stashed in a handy storage tub. This building set includes details on how to construct 50 unique models, including a fire truck with ladder, a tank, a windmill, and even a giraffe! Once they've got the knack of constructing with K'NEX, they can throw away the manual and explore their own creative building ideas.
With this 174-piece set, you get three building projects in one! Build a mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, complete with the rib cage of its (former) prey. Then, rebuild to create a Triceratops or a Pterodactyl. Uniquely shaped and colored pieces make this a great addition to your LEGO bin. For more exciting building kits, visit our LEGO Collection.
Kids can bring their creations to life with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox! This 847-piece set allows kids to build five multifunctional models, and then learn the basics of coding so they can teach their models to dance, interact, or explore. The easy-to-use LEGO Boost app (which is compatible with many newer phones and tablets, as well as most Windows 10 devices) provides a step-by-step guide to building, and then encourages kids to explore their own ideas.
Join Rey as she trains with Master Luke Skywalker at his mountainside dwelling. This LEGO Star Wars Ahch-To Island Training set has 241 pieces that allow you to build a hut with a detailed interior and a removable roof section for easy play, a small bonfire, and a rotating training function with an opening boulder with knockaway feature. It even includes a little porg figure to watch the action!
Build three different fun robot designs with this 203-piece set! Start out by building the Robo Explorer, complete with bright green eyes, working tracks, rotating body and head, and posable arms. Then, take it apart and try making the Robo Dog and Robo Bird. The set even includes a light-up brick element for fun glowing effects! For more exciting building kits, visit our LEGO Collection.
Have fun tending to the chickens with the LEGO Minecraft Chicken Coop, featuring an elevated henhouse that delivers eggs directly into a chest! This 198-piece set is designed for young fans of the highly successful video game, and introduces them to some more complex building techniques. This set comes with an Alex LEGO Minecraft minifigure, plus baby chicken and tamed wolf figures, and 2 chicken figures. For a larger set featuring Alex, check out the LEGO Minecraft Bedrock Adventures set.
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.
In this story-based STEM kit from Thames & Kosmos, Pepper Mint is visiting her primatologist aunt in the jungles of Borneo. The treehouse where they're staying is not connected to the electrical power grid, but Pepper and her aunt devise various mechanical inventions, from a rope ladder to a pulley to lift heavy objects into the treehouse to a rotating palm leaf umbrella, and more. This kit includes all the materials to build the treehouse and do the projects, a full-color illustrated storybook and step-by-step instruction manual, and a scale Pepper Mint figure.
You can create touch-activated inventions that control your stuff with this fun and inspiring set from littleBits Electronics! Step-by-step instructions for 8 projects are included — including a Burgler Buzzler, a Top-Secret Safe, and more — but once you've tried those, you can experiment with your own ideas without having to solder or glue. Plus, all littleBits components are compatible with one another, so you can build just about anything you imagine.
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.
Join exciting adventures in Elvendale as Rosalyn Nightshade, the healer elf, aids the elves in their quest and guards the forest with Sapphire the Dragon. This 460-piece set allows you to build Rosalyn's treehouse, complete with unfolding branches that reveal an alchemy station and healing room. In addition to the Sapphire dragon and Rosalyn Nightshade and Naida Riverheart mini dolls, kids will love the unique and imagination-inspiring accessory pieces including potion ingredients, bottles, and a cauldron, as well as baby dragon and baby bear figures!
Klutz and LEGO pair up with this kit that encourages you to build all sorts of wacky gadgets! Inside this set is a 78-page project book that guides you through using the 58 LEGO elements to build 11 machines, including a gravity powered car and a boxing robot. Once you've built the step-by-step projects, you can use the principles you learned and the open-ended prompts in the guide to invent your own gadgets!
Encourage your budding do-it-yourselfer with this high quality 31-piece tool set! These tools are made with slender handles to be more comfortable in smaller hands, but they're just as tough as regular tools. The set includes a hammer, a wrench, a level, a multi-bit magnetic driver, and more, all tucked in a handy 18 pocket tool bag for easy storage. Add a tool belt and she'll have everything she needs to tackle projects of her own!
Even objects that don't move require a lot of engineering know-how! In this set from K'Nex Education, kids learn about seven different bridge types and the physical forces — like tension, load, force stress, and more — that affect whether a bridge can hold up to the weight it carries. By building these model bridges and testing how they work, kids will get a new appreciation to the engineering behind the infrastructure we take for granted.
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!
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.
K'Nex take a trip to the fairground with this set! Kids can use the K'Nex pieces in this box to build three fair rides — a swing ride, a Ferris wheel, and a boom ride — that actually move. The included instruction manual doesn't just teach kids how to build the models: it also explains the physical principles that govern the way these machines work. This set is perfect for home use, but it can also be used in classrooms, so up to three kids can work together on these fun projects.
One of the great challenges of this century will be developing alternative energy sources, and this kit teaches kids about some of the most common ones! Using the guide for this kit, kids will learn about solar power, hydroelectric power, windmills, geothermal energy, and more. Then, they'll learn how batteries can store that power to be used in the future. Use this kit alone, or combine it with other Snap Circuits kits to power your own projects!
Build and customize your own musical instruments with this kit from littleBits! littleBits are modular electronic components that click together without glue or solder, making them perfect for kids to experiment. In this kit, kids will do 12 activities that teach them how to build high-tech instruments like a synth guitar and air drums. Then, play your instruments in a variety of different ways — and take the apart to invent your own. This kit is also compatible with all other littleBits kits, so the only limit is your imagination!
The Big Engineering Makerspace from Thames & Kosmos is part science kit, part inspirational building kit! As kids work their way through the five chapters in the 128-page manual, they'll explore a variety of different physical principles and engineering concepts, including buoyancy, wind power, gears, pneumatics, hydraulics, optics, and much more. The 258 modular pieces build 20 models from the manual, but can also be used for kids to invent their own machines. Best of all, batteries are NOT required, so she can get building right out of the box!
Create your own custom Droid — and learn a little about inventing and prototyping — with this Star Wars Droid Inventor kit from littleBits! With the free Droid Inventor app, kids will give their R2 unit some new abilities over 16 missions. Then, they can use the easy littleBits components to experiment with their own inventions! The modular parts snap together easily with no glue or soldering, perfect for quick and easy inventing and problem-solving. This set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so the only limit is your imagination.
The innovative Snap Circuits sets allow kids to explore electronics with easy, snap-together modular components — no soldering or glue required! With this kit, kids can explore how fiber optics, LEDs, and other light sources work to make light a key — and often underappreciated — part of technology. The 55 pieces can create 182 projects, or you can add the pieces of this kit to other Snap Circuits sets for endless possibilities. For a similar set that explores sound and recording, check out Snap Circuits: Sound, also for age 8 and up.
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!
Engineer in a new way with this combination of Snap Circuits modular electronic components and compatible Brics! Kids can wire up their brick builds with Snap Circuits lights, sounds, moving parts, and 3-D circuits to invent almost anything and make it go! This set includes 20 Snap Circuits component parts, 75 bric-2-snap adapters, and 140 fully compatible building bricks full-color, plus an easy-to-read project manual that guides young builders through 20 different building projects.
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!
Snap Circuits will drive you up the walls with these new 3D kits! New Snap Modules allow you to go vertical with Snap Circuits pieces, allowing you to work in multiple dimensions rather than just on a flat board. The 3D Illumination kit allows kids to explore electricity and light with their Snap Boards in a variety of different configurations. Directions for over 150 projects are included, or let your imagination run wild!
Older kids are ready for a more sophisticated understanding of the simple machines that are the foundation of nearly every piece of technology. In the Levers and Pulleys kit from K'Nex, kids will learn about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers, as well as fixed, movable, and combination pulley systems. Eight different models show a variety of applications of these principals. Add the Gears and Wheels, Axles, and Inclined Planes sets to complete the picture.
The Gizmos and Gadgets Kit is the ultimate invention toolbox. Motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers, even a remote control -- snap it all together to spark creativity and fun. Want to invent a remote control racecar? Do it. Create an automatic bubble blowing device? Go for it! This new and improved second generation kit comes with 16 electronic building blocks, detailed instructions for a variety of projects, and all the accessories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within and create countless inventions of your own design!
Fans of Snap Circuits will be over the moon at this enormous kit! All the parts you need for over 750 different projects are included; you'll build a sound activated switch, a lie detector, and adjustable light controller, and more. 80 color-coded pieces make it easy to assemble the projects by following the detailed manual, or to work out your own ideas. It even includes a computer interface so you can view waveforms and frequencies, just like a real electronics engineer.
Join in the action-packed LEGO DC Super Hero Girls world as Wonder Woman battles Eclipso to save The Flash! This great 1,078-piece set features a cool foldout palace with 2 levels, 4 "power drain" tubes, a planning room, a vanity and weapons cabinets, Eclipso's Jewel Jet, Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet, loads of accessory elements, and 3 orange Kryptomites. To add to your LEGO DC Super Hero Girls collection, check out the Lashina's Tank and Bumblebee's Helicopter sets, as well as the 712-piece Super Hero High School set.
Build and recreate your favorite magical school with this detailed 4-Level LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall building set! This giant 878-piece set features a fireplace, benches, tables, and reversible house banners, plus the grand staircase tower with a spiral staircase, the potions room, and the treasure room. There's a wide variety of magical artifact accessories, including the Sorting Hat and the Mirror of Erised, as well as a buildable Fawkes the phoenix and a buildable basilisk — and plenty of minifigures, including Ginny Weasley, Professor McGonagall, and, of course, Hermione Granger! You can also add the LEGO Hogwarts Express kit to give your young wizards a way to get there.
You can run your own amusement park in your playroom with this set from K'Nex! Using the 744 included classic K'Nex parts and pieces, you can build three different amusement part rides, including a nearly 3 foot tall Ferris wheel, a thrilling boom ride, or a swirling swing ride. Each ride can be connected to the battery-powered motor so it moves just like a real amusement park. Then, kids can explore their own ideas by using the pieces to create their own wild rides! It's sure to inspire hours of building fun.
Build a tribute to some of the ground-breaking women who took America 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!
Build the loveable BB-8 droid with this awesome 1,106-piece set from LEGO! This incredibly detailed model will challenge your building skills, with its rotating head, opening access hatch, and extendable welding torch. The set includes a desk stand, a plaque, and a small BB-8 figure, perfect for LEGO and Star Wars fans alike. For more products featuring BB-8 and other characters from the new Star Wars trilogy, visit our Rey Collection.
Explore renewable energy with this set from K'Nex Education! 583 pieces allow kids to build multiple models that teach them out we can generate electrical power from wind, water, and solar energy. The step-by-step instruction manual encourages kids to develop STEM skills, promotes teamwork and cooperation, and shows them the importance of eco-friendly energy!
You can get LEGO BrickHeadz for plenty of characters — but with this set, your BrickHeadz figure will look exactly like you! This 708 piece set includes enough piece to assemble two BrickHeadz figures of your own design. Plus, they're compatible with all regular LEGO bricks, so you're not limited by what's in the box. You can make them look like yourself, someone else you know, or any character you can imagine!
Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we've ever developed, the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set allows you to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R, or make your own creation, and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface.
Get inspired by New York City's architectural heritage with this beautiful set! 598 pieces allow you to replicate the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty, all on a tiled based with a decorative "New York City" nameplate. The included booklet includes interesting facts about New York's history and architecture. It's perfect for budding architects and builders!
Set your sails for a building challenge with this LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle building set!This 962-piece set allows you to build a highly detailed ship, the Leviathan. Construct the captain's quarters, cannons, masts, and more. Then you'll build a bottle using LEGO components, complete with a buildable cork and a wax seal, and a stand complete with a nameplate and a built-in "compass." It's a unique building project that you'll be delighted to display when it's done!
Build an intricate and beautiful 6" tall robot-shaped music box out of wood pieces with this kit from ROBOTIME. Orpheus plays a tune called "Cycle of Happiness" and lights up — but first, you have to put him together. Assemble the 221 pieces, including laser-cut wooden components, then hand-crank the music box to get the gears moving. Orpheus' arms and legs move, as does the LED light! It's a complex building project that results in an elegant and unique display piece.
Enjoy a building challenge — and a tribute to NASA's Moon missions — with this massive, three-foot LEGO model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket! At 1,969 pieces, this set provides a fun building challenge packed with authentic details: it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. With The set includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new astronaut micro figures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, and a booklet about the manned Apollo missions.
SainSmart's Ender-3 is one of the most affordable, high-performance 3D printers around! This compact 3D printer has precisely manufactured parts that are robust enough to handle use by hobbists, students, and more. The standard brass nozzle allows printing with most types of 1.75mm 3D filaments, including SainSmart's flexible filament, and the large build area allows you to create bigger and more complex models. Whether you're a brand new 3D printer or a hobbyist looking for a workhorse machine, this is the perfect choice.
The Statue of Liberty remains an iconic symbol of freedom and opportunity, as well as an architectural marvel — and now with this 1685-piece LEGO set, you can build a detailed scale replica to keep at home! When completed, this LEGO interpretation of Lady Liberty stands 17" tall, complete with a shield-lined pedestal. Details like the columned balconies, 7-ray crown, and "flaming" torch add to the overall effect. It's a satisfying building experience that's sure to promote an interest in architecture, travel, history, and more.