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11
May

10 Ways to Build a Builder

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Grippies Builders

Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: Guidecraft
Price: $39.99

This brightly colored 20 piece set is sized just right for toddlers ready to build. The chunky pieces encourage tactile exploration of textures, shapes and colors. Experimenting with the magnetic rods and balls lead to interesting discussions and constructions – from boxes to boats to balloon animals.

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Lauri Action-Stackers – Big Builder Set

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $39.99

This set includes 75 Tall-Stackers Pegs, six wheels, five hexagonal connectors, 30 square connectors, eight crepe rubber tower mats, and an 11.5-inch square crepe rubber peg board with 100 holes. The cleverly designed connectors invite building from all angles. Children can use the peg boards as bases for stationary creations or use the wheels to add motion to structures and/or movement to vehicles.

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Brackitz 170 Piece Inventor Setbrackitz

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: brackitz
Price: $99.99

These easy-to-handle playful planks and connectors are appealing to the eye, the touch, and both left and right sides of the brain. The three and four way connectors work at any angle, and the motion connectors allow designs to rotate.

As children’s skills develop, their designs will become more advanced in complexity and creativity. A good investment in playful learning.

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Kids First: Robot Engineer

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $49.95

This set features colorful, large, and easy-to-handle pieces that even the smallest hands can easily and successfully manipulate. And, all the pieces as well as the story/instruction booklet fit neatly into a sturdy plastic bin for storage and/or travel.

There are ten robot designs and instructions included in the storybook; however, children can use the pieces to build whatever they want. This provides excellent long-term play and learning values as well as hours of imaginative and creative play.

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Wonderhood Grand Hotel – Creative Building Set

Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonderhood LLC
Price: $59.99

This 62-piece building and play set is comprised of twenty-four double-sided plastic panels, thirty easy-snap connectors, four elevator pieces, one staircase, two figures, and one activity journal with building tips and challenges. The challenges range from building the hotel as high as possible, to building it to ensure certain rooms are close to one another.

Adding to the product’s long-term play value, not to mention appeal, is the fact that children can use the two included figures for hours of imaginative and cooperative play as they create and act out their own stories and scenarios.

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Lux Bloxparentschoice11-1

Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Lux Blox
Price: $29.99

Printed instructions are not included – and for a very good reason. The creators of these unique blocks have designed the Lux experience for open-ended free construction by putting the blocks together without a script or set of instructions.

They are a fantastic, hands-on way to teach children about geometry and architecture while honing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, analytical thinking, and spatial awareness – and the creativity these lessons inspire.

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KEVA Maker BOT Maze

Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $39.95

This kit offers engineers and architects a gazillion (or so) ways to plan, build and experiment with how bots move through a maze.

The two bots (they look like the head of a giant toothbrush) can be customized with the included decorative items, or left as they are. The construction elements of the kit are maze designs in the making and opportunities to put the scientific method into practice.

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Remote-Control Machines: Custom Cars

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $99.99

This kit contains all of the parts needed to assemble 10 different remote control cars (one at a time), a simple, front-back, left-right controller and an instruction manual which outlines experiments to test skill and simple physics.

Children with any interest in cars or in building machines will be mesmerized for hours on end building and testing model cars.

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Arckit Go Colours

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: ARCKIT
Price: $59.99

This scale model-building kit contains approximately 175 pieces that can be used to construct architectural designs. The pieces are brightly colored; each element has its own color for a visually appealing but consistent look overall. Pieces allow for curved or flat walls and a flat or 45-degree-sloped roof (with optional dormer windows).

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Building Machines

Ages: 5 – 7 yrs.
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Hardcover Price: $17.95

Young readers who can’t get enough of construction vehicles will have plenty to keep hands and minds busy building and learning.

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