Kids have an affinity for building things... and knocking them down. Whether with small bricks, life-size kits or classic stacking rings, budding builders can get started on grand designs of their own, as soon as they learn to grasp the pieces. We’ve stocked up on some of the best modern building toys around for kids big and small, here are some of our favourites...
TERRIFIC TOOL BOXES
Tool boxes have come a long way and we stock loads that are crammed with loads of fixings and tools to help them hone their handy skills. Some have holes in the box itself where they can insert screws and knock in nails, fastening and tightening nuts like a real carpenter, and building plates so they can get creative. And long-gone are the days where they're aimed solely at boys - we've got great picks in unisex colours that the whole family can enjoy!
BLOCKS WITH BONUS FEATURES
We stock blocks that make musical noises (by Vilac), blocks that are cut like dovetail joints so they slot together in thousands of combinations by Janod and lots of gorgeously decorated blocks too. We love these FSC-certified wooden blocks by Petit Collage that keep little minds captivated, with a different pattern, shape or colour on every side.
Welcome to the wonderful building world of… magnets. SmartMax is an endlessly inspiring range of magnetic construction toys and mix-&-match animals, designed to help kids experiment, build & play. It's very cool & very clever. We love their Mega Ball Run, building sets and fun farm animals, safari animals & dinosaurs
BUILDING FOR THE SENSES
Playing = learning. And when it comes to building toys, they can develop their senses as well as everything else. Taf Toys are great at making sensory toys for babies. Suitable from 9 months, their Hunny Bunny Stacker has bright colours, intriguing patterns and surprise beads in one ring, to stimulate their senses while they perfect the stacking technique. Simple though it sounds, a humble bucket can be a brilliant pick. Useful for mud pies, sandcastles (obvs) and these days they can even be scrunched or collapsed into small spaces like change bags and buggies - so they're easy to pack too! Check out the KIDLY Label Foldaway Bucket & Spade Set. It's a genuis piece of design that packs down to just 5cm tall - we're really rather proud of it!
So there you have it - some of our most popular building toys for little engineers and architects. And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team are always here to help, 8am-10pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.