Pay tribute to 32 women who changed the world with this set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! 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.
Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit makes learning about electricity and alternate energy fun! This kit contains over 40 parts which allows budding engineers to build over 125 projects. The kit includes an instruction manual that provides step-by-step instructions for all the cool stuff you can do. Youngsters will have endless hours of fun while learning about circuits, electricity, geothermal power and lots more!
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.
Build your own animal train with LEGO DUPLO's My First Animal Brick Box! 34 brightly colored pieces in this set allow you to build a selection of animals with fun features, including an elephant with a slide for a trunk, a crocodile with hinged jaws, a lion with an opening mouth, and a giraffe with a bendy neck. A white bird soars above the train! Parents will love these safe and easy to manipulate blocks that offer plenty of learning and play potential. For another DUPLO set for animal lovers, check out the DUPLO Puzzle Pets set.
Build and recreate your favorite magical school with this detailed 4-Level LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall building set! This 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, a buildable Fawkes the phoenix and 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, or the LEGO Hogwarts Clock Tower which includes scenes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And for a truly massive build, check out the 6020-piece LEGO Hogwarts Castle set for ages 16 and up.
Luciana dreams of a future in space — and now you can build her space lab room with this 225-piece building kit from Mega Blox American Girl! Kids will build Luciana a telescope, a model rocket, and even a robot assistant. Once the kit is assembled, you can play out all of Luciana's adventures and discoveries! Future astronauts will love this set, which includes an articulated Luciana miniature figure.
Challenge your brain and develop your building skills with this puzzle game from Mindware! Keva planks are perfectly cut, identical blocks that stack with incredible stability. In this game, you'll try to take images from the idea cards and replicate them in three dimensions with the planks. As the challenges ramp up in difficulty, you'll grow your problem solving and logic skills! This set includes 75 Keva planks, 40 puzzle cards, and 8 design cards that encourage kids to exercise their creativity building their own structures.
This seemingly simple flower stacker from Grimm's offers an incredibly flexible building and pretend play experience! This blossom is 9" tall when nested and includes 9 uniquely shaped, chunk block pieces. Flip them upside down and sideways; they can become bridges, tunnels, caves, or even furniture for little dolls (not included). Made in Germany from a single piece of alder hardwood, and finished with non-toxic, water-based dyes, this toy will become a long-time favorite.
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 over 600 colorful LEGO bricks in a variety of sizes. The set includes accessory pieces like faces, eyes, and wheels, as well as bricks in a variety of colors, including rare light blue bricks. The only limitation is imagination! For even more basic bricks for your collection, check out the 900-piece LEGO Classic Creative Building Set.
Whizz through a scene from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with this LEGO building set! With this 373-piece set, kids will build Rey's transport speeder and a First Order treadspeeder that can race across the sands of Pasaana. Kids will love details like the transparent stand for the treadspeeder that makes it look like it's really hovering. Minifigures of Rey, a First Order Jet Trooper, and First Order Treadspeeder Driver, plus a small BB-8 droid figure, provide hours of imaginative play potential.
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.
Fans of the ultimately adaptable Pokemon Eevee will love this building set from Mega Construx! In this 470 piece set, you'll find enough pieces to build all nine of Eevee's evolutions, with each evolution's pieces contained in its own color-coded building compartment. Once you've built your Eevee evolutions, you can post the fully articulated figures for an exciting display, or use them in conjunction with other Mega Construx Pokemon sets to imagine the ultimate Pokemon battle!
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.
Little kids can do real science with this Deluxe Scientific Workbench from Hape! This workbench comes with 79 pieces, including everything you need to demonstrate key scientific principles with 15 experiments. Kids can build a Digger, a Zoetrope, a Rotating Light, and more, learning about the secrets of physics as they go. It's sure to inspire plenty of scientific discovery!
Get ready to sail the Minecraft seas with this 386-piece LEGO set! Build a pirate ship with gold detailing, a pirate banner, a gangplank, and a cute resident parrot. Then, get ready to fend off the hostile mobs with the flick-missile cannons. Place the zombie minifigure in the special base for a fire effect! This set comes with minifigures of Alex, a pirate skin, and a zombie, as well as pieces to make a Minecraft dolphin and sea turtle.
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.
Get stacking with this big but soft blocks from ECR4Kids! The SoftZone stacking block set includes seven pieces: one large rectangle, two medium rectangles, and four small squares. All seven 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!
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. And to give her an easy first building project, check out the Stanley Jr. Toolbox Building Kit.
"More than one innocent life shall be spared" — thanks to Hermione Granger and her Time Turner! In this 496-piece LEGO Harry Potter set, kids build Hagrid's two room hut and pumpkin patch. Rescue Buckbeak — whose wings really move! — from the Ministry's executioner. Six minifigures, including Hermione, Harry, and Ron, are included, and there's even a battery-powered light-up brick for the fireplace.
Build elaborate castles with this 150-piece wooden castle building set from F.A.O. Schwarz! Each piece is built of solid natural pine, so it can hold up to tough play (like an invading army.) The set includes a wide array of pieces, including turrets, bridges, arches, and more. Details like cutouts and burned-in windows allow kids to imagine their castle full of people! It's an open-ended set that's sure to promote hours of building and imaginative play.
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!
You can build all sorts of things with Bristle Blocks by Battat! These plastic blocks features soft interlocking bristles that are easy to put together at any angle, avoiding the frustration other building systems can create. That flexibility also allows kids to build amazing 3D shapes and structures! This set includes 54 brightly colored pieces, including several animal figures, that are sure to inspire hours of creative building play.
With the LeapBuilders ABC Smart House, kids can build and learn with the first-ever talking building blocks! In this set from LeapFrog, kids get 60 easy-to-hold building pieces, including two play people, to build their house. If you add the smart Star Unit, that's when your house comes alive! Slide one of the twenty smart blocks into the Star Area and you'll get to learn letter names, sounds, colors, and shapes. Answer questions or play music for even more learning fun! This set is compatible with other LeapBuilders sets, like the Food Fun Family Farm set, for truly enormous smart builds.
Even toddlers love building with Keva planks! This set of twenty Junior planks is easy to grab for little hands, and are heavy enough for new builders to stack easily. Kids will enjoy the appealing colors, while parents will appreciate that the BPA-free, eco-friendly wood composite is easy to clean. A set of activity cards gives parents ideas for how these planks can teach addition, subtraction, and other early learning concepts in a fun, playful way!
Even toddlers and preschoolers can get in on the fun of The LEGO Movie 2 with this 53-piece set that lets them build Bianca's DUPLO aliens! Little fans of Emmet and Lucy will love helping them defend against the easy-to-build alien invaders. Then mix all the bright and chunky DUPLO bricks up so young children can create more aliens of their own, developing imagination and fine motor skills on their journey to becoming the next master builder! This set also includes DUPLO figures of Emmet and Lucy.
You'll be amazed at what you can build with these simple planks! KEVA maple planks are perfectly cut, identical construction blocks that stack with surprising stability. Narrow towers can reach all the way to the ceiling! Incredible stability is achieved by cutting the planks with great precision, but since all the pieces the same, no energy is wasted searching for specific shapes or connectors. Young builders will enjoy simply stacking, while older ones will explore the incredible potential of this kit to create elaborate structures.
Fans of Frozen's Olaf the snowman will love this LEGO set that lets you build the beloved character! This 122-piece set allows you to create a brick-built Olaf figure with articulated arms and neck, so you can move and pose him. A variety of accessories are included: you can put on his blue bow tie or get him to hold a pencil in his hand! When you're done playing, it makes a great piece for display, too.
Relive the thrill of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with this 430-piece LEGO set that lets you build the Beauxbatons' students' flying carriage! Elaborate printed filigree shows off the Beauxbatons' taste for luxury, while the elegant pegasus pull it through the air. On the ground, Hagrid waits to guide them in to a safe landing. Then, you can rebuild the carriage into a two-floor bedroom and dining area where they'll stay during the Triwizard Tournament. Madame Maxine, Fleur Delacour, and Gabrielle Delacour are all included in this set.
There's so much to do in this stacking, nesting farm from Djeco! Stack the six sturdy cardboard blocks to make a tower for the six included soft vinyl animals to play peek-a-boo, or nest the cubes inside each other for easy storage. Each cube features a colorful design that encourages sequencing and promotes pretend play and storytelling. Plus, parents will love that these toys are durable and high quality.
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!
She can build and paint her own toolbox with this kit from Stanley Jr.! Precut wood pieces with guide holes make assembling this child-sized toolbox quick and easy, but kids will still have the satisfaction of knowing they really built it themselves. Then, use the included paints — or your own — to decorate it just the way you want. The end result is a piece she'll be proud of for years to come. Please note: tools and glue not included; to get her a kid-sized set of tools, check out the Stanley Jr. tool set.
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!
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!
Build an intricate and beautiful 6" tall robot-shaped music box out of wood with this kit from ROKR — now with colorful pre-painted pieces! Orpheus plays "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" 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. For more challenging 3D builds, check out these 3D Wooden Puzzle Crafts from RoWood for ages 14 and up.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Introduce her to the creative building world of Tegu Blocks with this 14-piece set! Tegu wooden blocks have magnets safely imbedded in each piece, allowing kids to build creatively — even defying gravity! This set, which is available in several colorways, is an excellent starter set, but it's also compatible with any and all other Tegu sets — and like all Tegu Blocks, it's made from 100% FSC-certified beech wood and finished with non-toxic, water-based lacquers.
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. Older kids can explore robotics through LEGO with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit for ages 10 and up.
Gear up for hours of colorful action with this 150-piece set that enables children to create hundreds of three-dimensional construction possibilities. This set features plastic gears, connectors and interlocking bases packaged in a giant storage tub with an Activity Guide. This award-winning kit will keep her building! It's also compatible with additional Gears! Gears! Gears! sets, like this Build and Bloom set, for even more elaborate building fun.
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.
Tinkertoys are back and better than ever! This newly redesigned set features plastic rods, but don't worry; it's compatible with the older wooden version, so you can use it to expand your existing set or create your own collection. This 200-piece mix of spools, rods, washers, flags, end caps, and more provides lots of fodder for hours of building fun. The included booklet provides ideas for 30 models, but it won't be long before kids are building their own creations!
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.
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!
Learn the basics of robotic engineering with this kit from Thames and Kosmos' Kids First line! Kids follow along with a book as they 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. For another set for budding engineers from the Kids First line, check out the Amusement Park Engineer set.
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.
It's easy to build big ideas with the Little Tikes Waffle Blocks! Eighteen blocks slot together in ways that encourage creative building, indoors and out. The 14 by 14 inch plastic 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. You'll be amazed at what she can create!
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.
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!
With the Magna-Tiles 32 Piece Clear Colors Set from Valtech, the building possibilities are endless! In cool, transparent colors, the Magna-Tiles 32 Piece Set includes magnetized pieces of different shapes that attach along their sides to build basic 3D shapes, like cubes and pyramids, or whatever creative designs kids develop. What shapes and constructions can you build?
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!
Build 8 models with corresponding cards or create your own one-of-a-kind creature using the 131 piece Kid K'Nex set. Great for children with varying manipulative skills. A storage container with lockable lid is included for easy clean-up after the building is done. Your Mighty Girl's building possibilities are virtually limitless!
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!
With this massive Magformers set, it's amazing what she'll be able to create! Magformers allow kids to build surprisingly complicated 2D and 3D shapes in a snap with pieces that attach with magnets that always attract, so kids don't get frustrated. With squares, pentagons, multiple sizes and shapes of triangles, and even fun building accessories like wheels, there's a world of possibilities in this set.
Unit blocks are a classic toy for a very good reason — it's amazing all the things kids can build with these deceptively simple shapes! These smooth sanded hardwood blocks are comfortable in the hand and easy to stack, and come in a variety of creativity inspiring shapes including arches, columns, and more. 64 blocks are included, providing plenty of materials for kids with big plans! This set also neatly packs away in a wooden crate for when building time is done.
With Keva Structures there's no glue or connectors required — simply stack wood planks to create buildings, monuments and geometric forms. Keva pine planks are precision cut blocks that stack and stack with surprising stability. It’s the ideal activity to help kids gain an understanding of balance and proportion, as well as an interest in architecture, building and design.
The Quercetti Super Saxoflute has been in a favorite for generations! This 24 piece set features 2 mouthpieces, 2 trumpet ends and twisting tubes. Hook the pieces up any way you like to create an interesting and fun horn. It is made of unbreakable ABS plastic and is compatible with Quercetti Tubation. Let the musical madness begin!
Get her excited about engineering as she plans the perfect amusement park! This 97 piece hands-on science kit includes an illustrated storybook that guides kids through building 20 models, including a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, a seesaw, and much more. It's an engaging way to introduce preschool and early school-aged kids to the engineering concepts behind their favorite rides.
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.
Calling all budding carpenters! The Master Workbench play set includes all the tools your would-be builder needs: hammer, saw, screwdriver, wrench, vice, angle, screws, nuts, bolts, gears, links and more. The bench is even height-adjustable so it can grow along with her. Plus, kids will love the bright, cheerful colors. For some extra fun, add Hape's Kids' Wooden Tool Box Set which includes more screws and wood pieces to add to your building play.
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.
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 busy hands to learn to build with a Step2's Real Projects Workshop. This great activity bench includes a conveniently-sized work bench, realistic "wood" foam building pieces, and tools to assemble them. The pieces assemble easily with interlocking notches and holes to add screws and nuts, while the work bench is modeled after real carpentry benches, so she’ll feel like she’s using the real thing. It's the perfect way to encourage your future Ms. Fix-It!
These embossed alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose will look familiar — they're patterned after wood blocks from the beginning of the 20th century! 28 blocks in this set feature beautifully crafted and painted letters, animal pictures, numbers and math symbols, for a total of four complete alphabets and lots of additional play options. These Michigan-made blocks are painted using non-toxic, vividly colored inks for the perfect finishing touch.
This beautiful maple train for Educo by Hape is actually a building block set! 17 maple blocks in bright colors and patterns go together to create a fun train set for preschoolers. Kids will love using their imaginations to customize their train; parents will love the child-safe materials and finishes and Hape's commitment to quality.
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 65-piece Classic Bricks Box, which includes a selection of colorful classic bricks, plus a car, two DUPLO figures (one girl and one boy), a roof, a window, and even fun accessories like flowers and a loaf of bread! It's the perfect starting point for your DUPLO collection — or, use it to expand the sets you already have.
Put a new twist on the classic marble run with this magnetic version that attached to a fridge door or magnetic board! Create your own path and watch the "marble" roll down, or challenge yourself to duplicate one of the designs from the activity cards. Kids will have fun exploring how they can change the marble's roll by adjusting the height and angle of the pieces. Plus, since all the pieces are flat, it's easy to store!
Kids can build to the skies with these Tall Stackers pegs from Lauri! 25 colorful pegs neatly tuck together to stack and build higher than kids have ever built before. Stabilize them in the 8" square crepe rubber pegboard base, which has 36 holes so that kids can create a variety of designs. A list of suggested activities is included to get kids started, but we'll bet they'll be building on their own in no time.
Make your own light show that connects to your personal music collection with this great kit from Snap Circuits! LEDs, strobe lights, fiber optics, and glow-in-the-dark fans can all be connected with your MP3 player in a variety of layouts. As you follow the manual's 182 projects, you'll learn about how lights, circuits, infrared, and more can work together. Then, use your new knowledge to experiment with your own circuits — either with this set alone, or in combination with other Snap Circuits sets! It's a quick and easy way for anyone to explore electrical engineering.
Kids love the Snap Circuits modular electronics kits, and this set is the one to top them all! Over 80 pieces allow you to build an amazing 750 different projects — and that's just the ones in the guide. Once kids have learned the principles, they can start creating their own circuits with ease, since the snap-together components require no soldering. Any budding electrician or electrical engineer will get hours of fun and experimentation out of this amazing kit.
Squigz are fun little suckers! This unique building toy features flexible, suction-cup-ended pieces that squish together and pop apart. They also stick to almost any surface, including tabletops and windows -- and, since they're waterproof, you can even take them into the tub for bathtime building fun! The deluxe set includes 50 Squigz in a variety of bright colors. Younger siblings can get in on the fun with pipSquigz (6 months - 2 years).
Construct a whole world of mechanical animals with this great kit! Build the mechanical skeleton, then cover it with a flexible plastic "skin" to make it look like the real thing. Among the eight robotic animals, you'll build a waddling penguin, a leaping rabbit, a walking elephant, and even a bipedal T.Rex! Once you're done building the suggested models, see what other ideas you can come up with. It's a fun way to combine engineering and biomechanics.
With littleBits, budding inventors, designers, and tinkerers can let their imaginations loose — and with the Gizmos and Gadgets set, you can really get their creative juices flowing! Modular pieces include a light sensor, a fan, a wireless transmitter and receiver, and a servo. Because pieces snap together quickly and easily, without soldering or glue, kids can easily swap parts around when something doesn't work as planned. Use it alone or in combination with other littleBits kits.
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.
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 and shows them the importance of eco-friendly energy!
Explore engineering and design with this kit from Learning Resources! As kids work through 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.
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.
Would be architects and engineers will be fascinated by K'Nex's introduction to bridges! By building 13 different bridge models, kids will learn about beam, truss, and arch construction, cantilevering and suspension, and so much more. The 207-piece set can be used by up to 3 kids working together, and the set includes a plastic storage case and a Teacher's Guide on CD.
Team up with friends to build a whole community with this set from LEGO Education! A staggering 1,907 pieces allow multiple kids to work at once, building everything from theme parks to restaurants to zoos — complete with people and animals. In addition to challenging their building skills, this set allows kids to explore community roles and play out elaborate, city-wide pretend play stories. Up to six can play at once!
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. What will you create?
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!
You can rule your room with this fun set from littleBits Electronics! This prototyping kit lets you build touch-activated inventions like a Burglar Buzzer, a Top-Secret Safe, and more, all without soldering or gluing. Components in this set include a potentiometer, a buzzer/speaker, a sound sensor, and more; once you've built the 8 included projects, let your imagination run wild and create your own gadgets! This set is compatible with all other littleBits kits.
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! This set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so the limit is your imagination.
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.
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!
There's a hidden side to this playset from LEGO! Build a double-sided school building that's 11" high and 16" wide, full of interesting details to explore, and guide the minifigures — including ghost hunters Parker L. Jackson and Jack Davids — around the set. Then, download the augmented reality app to discover how interacting with the model makes it come alive!
With Wonder Makers from Fisher-Price, kids can unlock their ingenuity as they use the same pieces to build all sorts of things! This Build Around Town set includes over 75 reconfigurable play pieces that they can use to make into buildings, tracks for vehicles, and more. There's no wrong way to play and plenty to discover in this town!
Jessie the cowgirl and her friends are on their way to an exciting vacation in this LEGO set based on Toy Story 4! This 178-piece set is designed to be easy for new LEGO builders, with a "Perfect Start" chassis for the RV, which has a removable roof and a detailed interior. Minifigures of Jessie, Rex, Forky, and a three-eyed alien are all included for plenty of pretend play fun!
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 another set that lets you build Anna's journey, check out the LEGO Frozen 2 Anna's Canoe Expedition set.
Join Lucy and meet the shape-shifting Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi for the first time with this set from The LEGO Movie 2! With the 115 included pieces, you'll build Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's horse form, standing on a rotating platform, and her assistant Barnarnar. Mayhem and Susan minidolls stand by their queen, while WyldStyle looks on in disbelief. You can also take Queen Watevra apart and rebuild her into the pile-of-bricks form instead. Bricks with different facial expressions let you play out all sorts of adventures. For even more shape-shifting building, check out Queen Watevra's Build Whatever Box — or, younger fans of the movie can check out the Lego Movie 2: Visitors from the DUPLO Planet set.
Get ready to fly with the DUPLO airport! With this 29-piece set, kids can build an airport building with a luggage slide and control tower. Load the luggage on the plane where the friendly pilot is doing her pre-flight checks. Don't forget to buckle your seatbelt! With a female pilot figure and two passenger figures, kids will love imagining flying off to destinations near and far. And for more DUPLO sights around the city, check out the Family House, the Submarine, the Big Fair, and the Police Station building sets.
Choo-choo! The LEGO DUPLO number train is here to get her building and counting! This 23 piece set includes bricks with the numbers 0 to 9, as well as a train engine, wheeled bases, two DUPLO figures (a girl and a boy), and a cat figure. Build, count, rearrange, and more! It's an engaging way to incorporate numbers into everyday play. Plus, parents will love that the DUPLO bricks are safe and easy to manipulate for little hands.
Dive into a magical underwater world with LEGO! This 148 piece set builds the diving yacht of your dreams, with a sun deck and a turning searchlight. Lift off the roof to access the storage and sleeping place inside. Then, let your divers plunge to the bottom, where you've built a sea floor scene with seaweed, a treasure chest, and even some marine life to discover!
Keep the City of Light on your shelf with this set from LEGO Architecture! With the 649 pieces in this set, you'll build scale models of a number of Paris' most famous structures, including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Tour Montparnasse, Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. A decorate nameplate on the base declares your love for this historic French city! It's a complex build that you'll love to display.
Julie trains hard to make the team in this 223-piece set from Mega Bloks American Girl! Being your best takes discipline and practice, so every day Julie bikes to the basketball court to improve her skills. Kids will build a training court complete with a water fountain, basketball net, and more with this set. Then, they can imagine Julie's adventures as she scores the winning points! For another set featuring an active American Girl, check out the Isabelle's Ballet Recital building set.
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.
What will you build with this science kit from Thames & Kosmos? Budding architects will be fascinated as they explore 20 guided model builds using flexible building pieces that mimic steel frames. Learn how to build a soaring tower, a sturdy dome, a spinning Ferris wheel, and more. As kids work their way through the 44-page, full-color manual, they'll learn more about building techniques and materials in the 20th century and how they're allowing us to build bigger than ever before!
This multipurpose activity table is the perfect play space for drawing, building, and so much more! With tons of storage spaces and removable block plates, you can easily switch from building to crafts to coloring. Two included base plates work with Lego or Mega Blok toys, while the four cups and two trays included with the table helps you keep all your bits and pieces organized. Just add one kid with a big imagination!
This 80-piece set is the perfect way to introduce kids to woodworking! Unlike in other woodworking sets for kids, there are no pre-drilled holes, meaning kids will really master nailing skills when the build the projects in this kit. Smooth pine pieces in a variety of shapes allow you to complete a wide selection of projects, and the set also includes a lightweight hammer, nails, and a storage box.
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.
Would-be astronauts will love joining Luciana and Ella at space camp in this 570-piece building set from Mega Construx American Girl! You'll build a mission control area, a flight simulator, a robotics lab, and even their dorm for a good rest after a busy day. Then, you can play out all of their astronaut training adventures! With tons of characterful accessories, this kit is sure to delight future space travelers. For a smaller 225-piece set featuring Luciana, check out the Luciana's Space Lab Building Kit.
Before they can go on their epic quest for discovery, Anna and Elsa finally have time to enjoy their home in Arendelle together! Fans of Frozen will love this LEGO Frozen II Arendelle Castle Village building set. This 521 piece set allows kids to build a three story castle; each floor can be removed and reassembled for access inside for pretend play. Outside, they'll find market stalls and a boat ready to take them on an adventure! There are hours of play potential to be found inside. For two more Frozen II LEGO sets, check out the Anna's Canoe Expedition set for ages 4 and up and the buildable Olaf set for ages 6 and up.
Books contain worlds — including this pop-up book building kit from LEGO Ideas! This 859-piece set is the first-ever buildable pop-up book in LEGO history; you can actually open and close the book without disturbing one of two scenes, grandmother's cottage from Red Riding Hood or the giant's castle in the clouds from Jack and the Beanstalk. It's a tough building challenge with an incredible result! The set also includes a booklet with a short history of pop-up books and information about both its fan designers and the LEGO designers who brought it to life.
Get ready for a major mission with this NASA-inspired building set from LEGO! In this 837-piece set, you'll build a modular, multi-stage rocket and a monorail system to get the astronauts to their posts. They can practice geode retrieval on the training grounds, or wait for instructions from the launch control tower. Play with the set as is, or download the LEGO City Explorers app for interactive play opportunities. Multiple minifigures, including a female astronaut, a female journalist, and a female mission control specialist, will have plenty to do with this set! And to give your astronauts somewhere to go after they break orbit, check out the LEGO Lunar Space Station set.
Explore the wonders of the Hogwarts Clock Tower with this 922-piece LEGO building set inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Inside the clock tower, you'll create Dumbledore's office, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, and the Icy Ballroom where the moving dance function allows characters to spin and twirl. Eight Yule Ball minifigures are included, including Hermione Granger, Fleur Delacour, and Madame Maxine.
Build three detailed and beautiful models of common birds -- made out of LEGO! Created by gardener and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom and selected by LEGO Ideas members, each replica bird hails from a different continent: the Robin from Europe; the Blue Jay from North America; and the Hummingbird from South America. The 580-piece set also comes with booklets detailing information about each of these three fascinating species.
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!
Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 from MindWare is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference between this and other marble runs? You can create marble maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes or any other design! Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when steel balls travel the various routes. It's a live demonstration of probability, physics and art, all in one. This Big Box set includes 72 cubes in five colors, plus 20 steel marbles.
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 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!
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!
With the Dot Creativity Kit from Wonder Workshop, you can turn Dot the robot into just about any character that you can imagine — and then program Dot's behavior to match! With over 100 stickers and 10 costumes, you can create a truly unique robot. Then, follow along with the 20 activity cards to play robot-enabled games like Duck, Duck, Goose or Hot Dotato! This robot is compatible with most newer Kindle, iOS, and Android devices.
Celebrate the distinctive skyline of New York City with this 598-piece LEGO Architecture set. The pieces in this set allow young builders to replicate the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty. The set includes a decorative tiled based with a New York City nameplate. An included booklet includes architectural information and historical facts — perfect for budding builders and architects! And for more skylines to build and enjoy, check out the LEGO Architecture San Francisco and Paris kits.
Combine building fun with emotional awareness and empathy with this set of DUPLO blocks! With a variety of colorful blocks, kids can build people with faces indicating all kinds of emotions. The clear, distinct expressions make it easier for kids to identify what emotion each figure represents; then, for added pretend play fun, they can play out a story that explains why their characters feel the way they do.
Let's have a fun day on the DUPLO playground! This set of 71 colorful bricks lets kids build a windmill, a working swing, slides, a bouncy car ride, and more. Two DUPLO figures, a girl and a boy, can have loads of fun, however she sets up her playground! Then, when play time is done, the packaging doubles as a handy storage box.