10 Great Gifts for Kids Who Love to Build...No Legos Included

I have to admit that none of my kids were ever hugely hung up on Legos. That's not to say they didn't like them. But we didn't have large numbers of overflowing bins full of the little blocks. I have had kids that enjoy building, however. We've used a variety of toys that involve building structures large and small.


If you have kids who love to build on your gift list, here are some gift ideas...that don't include Legos. Some of these go beyond building to remote control features or electric motorization, and some are more classic. But all of them will be enjoyed by the little- or not so little- builders on your list.

Gifts for kids who love to build
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Magz kits consist of magnetic rods and metal spheres. These can be combined in many, many ways to build a variety of three-dimensional structures. In addition to building, these are cool because kids can play with the magnetic forces.

Magnetic building toys for kids

Brain Flakes Interlocking Plastic Disc Set

The Brain Flakes sets are unique because the flat discs can be combined in many different directions. This makes building possibilities endless.



Brain flakes building set

Fat Brain Toys Squigz Set

These suction cup building pieces would be fun for even little builders. The pieces suction together and suction to many surfaces, such as windows, refrigerators, and more. The starter set comes with a variety of shapes.



Suction building toys

Fat Brain Toys Reptangles

This is another unique building material from the company Fat Brain Toys. Geometric turtle shapes snap together in all sorts of ways to build a variety of geometric structures.



Geometric building toys

Bloco Toys Robot Invasion

This kit comes with 225 plastic pieces that snap together. This kit makes six robots or kids can design their own structures. I like them because they are bright and colorful pieces.



Bloco toys building set

Learning Resources Gears, Lights, and Action Building Set

Young builders- 5+- can connect the pieces of this building set with gears. Then they can motorize their structures and cause them to light up.

Gear building set

K'NEX Mighty Makers Home Design Building Set

My kids have always enjoyed K'NEX building pieces because of the variety in the types of pieces used for building. This line of K'NEX will especially appeal to girls because of the colors and because the characters on the packaging are girls. This set is a home design set, but there are quite a few of the Mighty Makers sets available.


K'NEX Mighty Makers

K'NEX 35 Model Building Set

This is a classic K'NEX set. With the 480 pieces here, kids can build thirty-five different models or their own unique creations. As a bonus, I really love the cool case these come in.


K'NEX Building set

Laser Pegs 6-in-1 Monster Truck Building Set

The Laser Pegs building bricks are compatible with other plastic brick building sets. The include a battery powered base that lights up. The bricks are clear colors, so the structure lights up when completed.


Light up building set


ZOOB BuilderZ Kit

The ZOOB plastic building pieces are unique because they connect in a ball-and-socket style that allows creations to bend and have moving parts. The 250 piece set here has instructions for 36 projects. Or kids can create their own.


ZOOB building kit


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