The Best Building Toys to Inspire Creative Play

11/22/2017 03:15 pm ET

Picture the perfect toy: If it doesn’t exist, then kids can build it straight from their imaginations.

From roller coasters, to log cabins, and trucks—the possibilities are endless when kids can start from scratch to build toys themselves. Not only will it keep them occupied for hours, but it also promotes basic engineering skills to add to their resumes. If you build it, they will come. So hunker down, and let’s get building!

K'NEX

Kids can skip the amusement park lines to build their very own roller coaster right from home. This set includes more than 430 K’NEX parts to create a massive roller coaster track that can be used horizontally or vertically, and can even be turned mid-movement. Kids can continue to play after the set is completed and launch the air-propelled coaster around the twists and turns again and again. Don’t forget to hit the lights because the best part is the glow-in-the-dark track. Talk about a wild ride!

Magformers

Log Cabin 87Pc Set (Magformers)

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up in a log cabin. Kids can build their own version with this 87-piece Magformers set. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so the pieces are simple to click into place to build cabins, tree-houses, and more. Kids can decorate their creations with the clip in balconies, windows, ladders, fences, grass, and trees to set the scene deep in the forest. All we need now is some hot cocoa by the fireside. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

Zuru

Drawing on walls is so five years ago—now kids can build on them instead! This flexible block tape has an adhesive on the bottom for kids to cut it into whatever shapes they please, stick it on any hard surface, and build 3-D creations off of it in any direction. They could even pull a Michelangelo and stick the tape on the ceiling (or maybe underneath tables instead) to play upside down like a true artist at work.

HEXBUG

What’s cooler than building a toy that shoots cannon balls across the room? Teens can assemble this imaginative blaster from start to finish with more than 100 snap-together pieces and connector rods. By the end, they’ll have a working handheld launcher. The Switch Grip features an impressive pumping arm that’ll send the included projectile balls flying over 30 feet away. Siblings, take cover!

Amloid

Hand the little ones their construction hats and put ‘em to work with this Tonka Mighty Builders truck for ages 1 and up. The truck itself acts as a storage container filled with easy-to-grab oversized building blocks that can be built right on the top of the vehicle, which also doubles as a play table. There are wheels that really roll and the truck features a handle, so kids can be the boss of their new construction site and take it on the road with them! Let’s rock ‘n roll and tow ‘n go!

Laurie Schacht, also known as The Toy Insider Mom, has covered the toy industry for more than 20 years. The Toy Insider is a year-round resource for parents, grandparents and other gift-givers looking for the best toys for their kids. The Toy Insider also produces an annual holiday gift guide featured in Family Circle magazine. Visit thetoyinsider.comfor the latest toy news, reviews, giveaways, and more.

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