The Best Building Toys that Your Kids will Adore

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Building toys are the best kind because they encourage my children to build, design, and create. Creativity literally explodes when kids begin to play with well-designed building toys.

Admittedly, I don’t always appreciate the mess caused by the creativity explosion.  But I’ve learned to remember that creativity is messy and it is an important part of childhood.

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Top Ten Building Toys for Kids

1. Natural Wooden Blocks

Tip: Purchase the largest building block set that your budget will afford. These blocks will last for years and generations. We have two large sets with some add-on blocks and after a decade, they are still being played with.

2. Keva Planks

There are a ton of Keva plank sets available. We began with this contraption set and the kids had a lot of fun with this building toy.

3. Zoobs

This is another building toy with a lot of size options. We found a great deal on this 500 piece set, which was important in a house with four kids. The idea books included help get everyone started with these toys.

Building Toys - Zoobs

4. Cardboard Bricks

These have provided hours of building fun, including walls for nerf wars most recently. I have to admit, that the loud, dramatic knocking down seems to be the best part of building with this set!  We discovered that the red ones were the favorites.  The other smaller ones were basically not worth having in our house.

5. Magformers.

These are not inexpensive, but they are worth every cent. We began with a starter kit and we’d love to have more!

6. Lincoln Logs

Classic fun.  We have a set from my husband’s childhood as well as a set we picked up!

building Toys - Lincoln Logs

7. Knex

Perfect for your engineer or designer. The options are endless, but grab a classic set to get your family started.

Building Toys - Knex

8. Brain Flakes

Buidling Toys - brain Flakes

9. Goobi.

Magnets are always engaging. We have found toys like this to be perfect for creating and designing while mom is reading a book aloud. If you have multiple children, go for as large of a set as you can afford.

Building Toys - goobi

10. Q Ba Maze

A little different than the typical marble run, this one was very entertaining for our kids for quite some time. This stunt set was a great introduction and then we added on some other sets for more blocks along the way.

Building toys - Q Ba Maze

Get Building!


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  1. We have and love most of these, but there are some new ones I’d never heard of like zoobs!

    Thanks for sharing this great list!

  2. I’ve been looking into things like this for my son. He’s 11 and all he’s asked for this year is blocks! 🙂 Thanks for this list.

  3. A great list of some unique building toys for kids, especially wooden blocks. It would be excellent if you could indicate the suitable age group for each toy.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful list.

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