Toys For Boys Who Like To Build Things: The Best Building Toys For Kids
I have one at home so I’m always on the lookout for these types of toys. He can spend hours in his “garage” building the next coolest thing in the “whole wide world”.
It’s not always easy to find a toy that fills the need of the creativity that oozes out of a “maker”. I find that many toys are often restrictive and that it’s best to just let him play with his imagination and give him what he thinks he needs to build the coolest thing everrrrrrrr!!!
This is, however, not often practical. This is why even though a hammer, wood, some nails may help him exercise his capacity for building things, toys for boys who like to build can be very handy to have.
Listed below are some of these toys that might interest your budding inventor.
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- Toy Construction Sets
- Building Blocks
- DIY Forts And Dens
- Robot Kits
Toy Construction Sets
Meccano Building toys: A Taste Of The Real Deal
My son got a very basic Meccano building set for 5-year-olds when he was about 3. He was too young for it really and I turned out to be the one who built the toy.
But something very wonderful happened when he saw the screws and bolts of the Meccano. They looked exactly like the ones that Daddy uses — real screws!
Oh those tiny little fingers, they could hardly hold those tiny screws.
I’m not saying the same thing will happen to your son so I suggest you buy a Meccano set that fit his age. They can be tricky to make and younger kids will need your help — the parts look very close to the real thing though which makes this one of the best building toys on my list.
Tinker Toy Construction Set
The Tinker Toy Construction set has all the necessary parts that a child needs to build his own buildings from houses to vehicles to bridges. The pieces are bendable, are big enough for little hands to handle, and easily snap together.
A lot of young builder kids love this and can spend a long time playing with it. They can follow instructions to make a specific building, but they can also use their creativity to build whatever they want.
One good thing about Tinkertoys has 200 pieces and includes spools, washers, sticks, wheels, and rods. Read What Other parents say about Tinker Toys here
Smart Lab Weird And Wacky Contraption Lab
There are no specific set of instructions, so your child can test and see how it all works.
This has won a lot of awards including Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award, 2012 Mom’s Choice Award, and 2012 Parents’ Choice “Recommended” Award for its unique educational approach and versatility.
Popular Playthings Playstix
This is a new take on an old toy. They’re like the classic log toys where children can build various different structures just by using the lots.
The logs are color coded which makes building easier and a lot more fun. Many children spend lots of hours building something new with these toys.
Plus Plus Contruction Toys
Plus Plus is an award-winning construction set that allows kids to build anything they want using pieces that look like a plus sign.
It’s a very simple design but it holds endless possibilities for an imaginative and creative child.
This will keep a child busy for a long time. And it’s a good toy to have for quiet play time.It’s also great for developing fine motor skills.
Another reason that parents love this toy is that they are quite light, so it’s a great travel toy to take with you on long car journeys.
This Plus Plus set has 600 pieces and children can build anything with them including race tracks, vehicles, buildings, flags – virtually any structure they want.
Building blocks are very important for brain development. They help develop hand-eye coordination, accelerate spatial skills development and improves creativity.
Check out these wooden blocks and magnetic blocks that kids love to play with.
Wooden Building Block Set
This classic wooden block set may look very simple but it’s great for young kids’ development. They help develop a child’s imagination and help with fine motor skills.
This building blocks set by Melissa and Doug has 200 pieces of different sizes and shapes. This means your child can make many different structures with it from a castle to a rocket ship.
Magnetic Building Blocks: Magna-Tiles
A bestselling building toy has very high customer review ratings
Get amazed at what your son can build with the Magna-tiles. This is one of the coolest building toys that kids as young as 3 can play with.
The Magna-tiles sets are different sizes of triangles which are magnetic and attracts on all sides. Children can build many different things with these and can put their creativity and imagination to work, too.
A very educational building toy that children love to play with for hours on end. Read Parents reviews here.
The Building Block Tape
While we’re talking about building blocks, let me introduce to you the building block tape.
These bendable tapes are compatible with Lego and other major Lego-type brands. So what do you do them? A lot of many different things.!
For example, you can tape it on to a wall, and kids can make a hanging lego structure. Another customer made a table for Legos and put stuck this on top of the table surface. You can use it as a stand for when you’re traveling on a plane.
This tape is also reusable. You only need to wash it and it will be ready for use again! It’s a pretty good invention. Check it out!
DIY Forts And Dens
For boys who like to build things and take things apart
No doubt going outside into the forest and gathering twigs and branches is a fun thing to do for future builders.
I like the EZ fort (shown on the right) the best. It is made of spheres and tubes that your son can build into any kind of den he likes. It can be a teepee, a fort or a house.
Easy to build, fun to play with and even more fun to take apart. My son built a Bedouin tent in his room and he slept there for a whole month in the summer.
For the boy who loves to build, these are invaluable
Robots are always great building toys, especially for older kids.
The look in their eyes is priceless the first time they build one and the robot actually does something. There are various Robot DIY kits nowadays, so it won’t be a problem finding one at all.
I suggest you buy one that your child is already interested in. For example, when my son was fascinated by the whole idea of solar power (he’s a superhero you see and he gets his power from the sun), we got him a kit for building a solar-powered car.
Here are some of the highly-rated robotic kits
Lego Mindstorm: Need I say More?
I can’t really make this list without Lego. Many of us grew up building lots of different things with lego and it is only right that Lego is included in the list of toys for boys who like to build.
So anyway, allow me to mention the Lego Mindstorms for the keen Lego builder. It doesn’t come cheap but it’s Lego like you’ve never seen it. This is perfect for older boys (and I bet the father will be more than keen to join in as well!).
The Lego Mindstorms NXT, the newest version, has a microprocessor and once built, it becomes a robot.
If your son already has one, or you’re looking for a present for later this year, there is an all-new Lego Mindstorms that is scheduled to be released in the fall.