Building Toys

Christmas Gift Guide for Kids: Part V – Unique Building Toys

Totem Building Set


Fabulously unique, this puzzle like building set from Holland will inspire boys and girls to create all sorts of structures.  This set is comprised of over 120 reversible, oddly shaped and mysteriously decorated die-cut cardboard pieces that can be formed into endless constructs.  Version are available for boys and girls. (ages 6 and up, Totem Building Set, $36.95)

Tree Blocks


These earth friendly building blocks have the feel of river washed stones and will become whatever kids can imagine!  Bark has been removed from the wood with high pressure water, exposing the beautiful hues of the wood underneath. (ages 3 and up, Tree Blocks, $42.95, set of 36)


This creative building set offers limitless opportunities for fun and challenge!  The set contains 240 colorful wooden circles each with 8 slots that allow construction to go in any direction – up, down or sideways!  A wooden box allows for neat storage.  (ages 4 and up, Connectagons, $19.98)


stonees.jpgOffering a new take on building blocks, Stonees encourage hours of creative and natural play with these colorful stone building blocks.  The beautiful contours and surfaces inspire creativity as the stones are balanced to create sculptures, figures and much more.  The organic nature of these blocks makes them a true stand out! (ages 4 and up, Stonees, $19.95, set of 50, $53.95, set of 150)

Building Brick Set


This kit includes over 550 terracotta bricks for assembly into miniature houses and so much more.  Water soluble “mortar” allows building projects to be easily disassembled with a quick soaking in water.  The set includes wooden roof bases, plastic doors and windows, animals and home owners, as well as architectural plans for five homes. (ages 6 and up, Brick Building Set from Hammacher Schlemmer, $59.95)

Magna Tiles


These colorful, translucent tiles are flat, but with their magnetic sides turn easily into 3-D designs all within your child’s imagination!  The basic set includes 100 tiles to encourage right side brain training through creative play! (Magna Tiles, $119.95)



Created by Los Angeles sculptor Peter Mayor, this toy includes 90 whimsically shaped and colorful pieces that will inspire an endless array of fabulous structures!  No batteries to install or buttons to push – just whatever your child wishes to create!  All pieces fit into a cylindrical storage container for easy transport and play while on the road!  (Shapescapes, $29.95)

Do you have a favorite building toy?  Please share!

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