If You Build It…
Although the cardboard box remains the most essential component to any young builder’s toolbox, these blocks and other architectural wonders will make worthy additions.
Wooden Building Set: Four Elements
1 & up
What it is: An innovative building set of organic forms.
Why we like it: These beautifully colored shapes are eco-friendly in materials as well as longevity.
5 & Up
CitiBlocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs
2 & up
What it is: 22 wooden blocks that double as rattles
Why we like it: Testers jumped right into building skyscrapers and whole villages, putting the steps in front of the buildings and adding the roof. The rattle inside of the blocks made for a fun addition to play. “Instruments!” exclaimed one boy when he heard the rattle. A great gift for city dwellers.
What it is: This K’NEX construction toy, Rippin’ Rocket 2 Coaster, uses 545 pieces to build a huge, impressive, death-defying roller coaster.
Why we like it: The more than four foot high, almost five feet wide and two foot deep structure shimmies and shudders as the motorized launcher shoots the single car up the vertical wall then down along the twisting, looping, flexible track, only to be sent upward again.
LEGO® CITY Harbour
6 to 12 Years
Why we like it: There are lots of details in this set, from sleeping quarters for the captain onboard to a fisherman on the pier, that encourage creative play. Children will also learn a bit about how products (in this case play food) get from farm to table.