We are going to take a look at the best building toys for Christmas 2012. There are tons of different building sets out there these days, including some high-tech ones. No matter the age of your little architect, these toys are sure to put a smile on their face for hours and hours. Some of them are even good teaching toys for the basics of engineering and construction.
You may have heard of some of these before – especially LEGO – but some of the newer building sets – like BionicBlox for example – are really cool in a lot of different ways. If you’re wanting to get the perfect gift for a child who loves to build, these ideas should help give you a better idea of what’s available out there for you to get.
One thing that you should keep in mind when choosing something is that you want to get something that is age appropriate and safe. This is especially true for smaller children who like to put small parts in their mouth! As long as you read recommendations, however, and use your common sense, you should be fine.
Ages: 4 to 18 Years Old
This is a timeless classic. There are many, many different LEGO sets out there for children of all ages, but this is a good way to get them everything they will need to build whatever their imagination can come up with. When compared to some of the themed building sets that are available, this is truly a bargain in a lot of ways.
For those who are into mini-figures, this only comes with two. However, it is easy to buy a pack of extra LEGO minifigures for a reasonable price if you shop around. The set includes over 700 pieces, with a lot of “special pieces” that make LEGOs even more fun in a lot of ways. (Click Here to See Price)
Ages: 3 to 18 Years Old
This is a relatively new building toy for children, but it is special in many ways. We have done a full review of BionicBlox here, but we wanted to add it to this list of the best construction toys for 2012 as well. Their foundation kit comes with 100 interlocking pieces for under $50.
They are not only fun to play with, they can help children learn proportions, math, angles, geometry, and measurement. On top of that, they work with other building sets and are Made in the USA. (Click Here to Buy)
Ages: 10 to 18 Years Old
You may remember Erector Set if you’re of a certain age. They have been around forever, it seems, but they’re still selling. The Erector Motorized Racing Car & More set from them is designed for boys age 10 to 16 years old – although slightly younger boys who are smarter may dig the set with parental guidance. In any case, for around $50 (lists at $80, but you should be able to find it cheaper) you get 648 pieces – enough to come up with 25 different motorized vehicles, including a race car.
There’s still the replay factor to consider as well. After children get through all 25 of the constructions that come with the set, they are open to come up with their own motorized designs. While not as complex as the LEGO Mindstorm NEXT robot kit, this is a good introduction to electric motors and other principles of engineering. (Click to buy)
Ages: 6 to 10 Years Old
These relatively unknown building sets incorporate real, reusable miniature bricks, Teifoc sets are 100% environmentally friendly, which is important to many people these days. Each Teifoc set comes with a trowel to help lay the sand – which is an entirely safe sand and corn-extract based system of mortar.
Teifoc makes laying bricks and building realistic as well as fun. Many children are able to build an average-size house in just a few short hours. Once complete, construction projects should be allowed to dry completely overnight. (Buy Here)
Other Building Toys and Construction Sets
Here is a quick rundown of some of the other building sets and construction toys out there.
These are another popular building set with young boys and girls. They do have Kids K’nex which are suitable for children ages 3 years old and up.
This German company is known to make quality toys, and their building sets are no different.
This is not as well known as other building toy brands, but they’re worth a look. We’d like to hear your opinions about them too.
These are classics from yester-year, but they’re not as popular as they were at one time. Still, for a toddler or preschool age boy or girl, they may be great.
This is another building set you may not have heard about before, but it’s one you might consider checking out.
You may not have heard of these, but they are worth a look if you can find them. They are not as popular as LEGO building sets, but they may be a nice alternative.
If there’s something we forgot or you have a great building toy story, leave a comment below!