Playing with building toys are more than a way to keep your child entertained; it's a way to make you child more creative and teach them to problem-solving. Older children will even put down the video game controller and start building when you give them a Lego set of the Death Star from Star Wars. Build it. Play with it. Take it apart. Repeat.
Let Go Of My Lego
Legos are small brick style building toys that allow the user to build anything. The same blocks that are used to make a race car can be used to make a fire station. All the blocks work together and when you toss in accessories such as wheels, roofs, and castle gates you are ready to create. Kids are only limited by their own imagination. Buy your parts in a set with a complete list of instruction or make up your own rules and buy individual pieces.
Stay Connected with K'NEX
Since the early 1990s, K'NEX has been producing interlocking plastic blocks, rods, connectors, gears, wheels, as well as other components, which users can piece together to form a wide variety of structures and models. Since the different pieces can interlock at various angles and directions, children age 5 and older will enjoy hours of constructing.
Go Old School With Lincoln Logs
John Lloyd Wright had an idea in the early 1900s, and it was a great idea. Provide children with notched miniature logs, and let them build small forts and buildings. Top it with a plastic roof, and you have a sturdy home where other toys can live. Over 100 years later, kids are still playing with Lincoln Logs.
Don't Forget the Little One
Most building block toys are recommended for children 3 and up, but thankfully Lego took this into consideration. The Duplo line by Lego is made for little tikes ages 1 1/2 and up. The pieces are sized bigger, so it doesn't create a choking hazard. In addition, the larger size makes it easy for small hands to put it together and pull it apart. Start with the basic building blocks and move up to theme based sets like a working railroad or princess castle with horse and carriage.