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Building sets for kids make great gift ideas as they provide hours of open-ended play and imaginative play without the need of batteries. K’NEX makes construction toy sets that kids and parent’s love that offer an array of benefits such as hand/eye coordination, problem solving skills, develops fine motor skills as well as social skills when working together. This holiday season consider the following K’NEX building toys for kids.
K’NEX 70 Model Building Set
The K’NEX 70 Model Building Set is a 705 piece set that features classic K’NEX pieces including spacers, connectors, flexi-rods and more to create plenty of K’NEX models. This set includes an instruction booklet with more than 15 building ideas and instructions featured at www.knex.com to build another 55 models.
The instruction booklet has full-color step-by-step instructions so children can build their models or use their imaginations to build whatever they’d like. We love that the pieces are stored in a convenient treasure chest container so pieces stay safe. My kids went to building right away building some fun items including the simple anchor and the more challenging turtle.
This building set is recommended for children 7+ and is made in the USA! Buy on Amazon. As of November 30, 2014 they have a CYBER deal for only $19.99. Prices subject to change.
Tinkertoy 30 Model Super Building Set
Have a child that loves the classic Tinkertoy building sets, that has been loved by families since 1913? The Tinkertoy 30 Model Super building set features 200 pieces including spools, rods, end caps, washers and more with an instruction booklet to create 30 building models (15 shown plus more ideas online).
Ideas include a vehicle, windmill, butterfly, bridge and more. The colorful yet durable pieces are easy to snap together into the holes on the pieces. Even though these are plastic pieces they are built to last and models stay together once assembled.
This Tinkertoy building set is fun with a whole bunch of ideas to get children’s creative minds working. Since pieces are larger this set is recommended for children 3+ and arrives in a durable box to keep pieces stored. Buy on Amazon.
Lincoln Logs Collector’s Edition Homestead
I have been playing with Lincoln Logs since I was four years old when my grandma had wooden bins filled with them. Building with Lincoln Logs provides endless possibilities. This Collector’s Edition Homestead is the biggest Lincoln Logs set ever created with 361 pieces to create a super cool wooden homestead that features four buildings plus a buildable covered wagon for the frontiersman figure (included) and his two horses.
The set did not disappoint and provided much needed family time. Like all Lincoln Logs, the wood logs are made of real wood, are durable and safe. There are green roof slats and red wood eaves in this set. We love that this set also has ideas for other building sets or children can use their imaginations to design their own buildings.
While this does arrive in a heavy-duty cardboard storage container, for the price I wish it was in the heavy-duty plastic container to ensure it will last for a lifetime. I’d highly recommend this set to ANY Lincoln Log fanatic! Recommended for children 3+, however keep in mind the smallest logs can still be easily put into a mouth so supervision is encouraged. Buy on Amazon, hurry this is a hot holiday toy for 2014!