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Best Gear Learning Sets


Building with gear learning sets is a great way to spark creativity in our children. While many parents know how fun these sets are to play with, they provide numerous benefits for children as well, including improving fine motor manipulation and strength, enhancing spatial awareness, encouraging problem-solving, and building imagination as well as focus and patience. In the list below, we discuss our top picks for the best gear learning sets.

Children will have fun with these educational engineering blocks while learning skills in math, technology, science and engineering. The set includes 110 pieces including plastic bricks and gears, a screwdriver, hinges and sticks. Whether building a truck, car or house, kids will find hours of enjoyment with this colorful set. The bricks are large in size for easy handling. All materials are nontoxic and BPA safe. Recommended for 3- to 7-year-olds.

Best for Small Hands

This 100-piece deluxe building set features chunky-sized gears that are easy for young children to use. The set includes an activity book and a crank, allowing kids to put their creation in motion when the work is done. Featuring six vibrant colors, these gears will spark children’s interest and imagination. This is an accessible set that gives kids a fun way to practice their problem-solving skills. Recommended for children ages 4 and older.

With the Robotime 3D Puzzle Engineering Toy, kids and adults can work to build a complex machine completely out of wood. The gears and other pieces in this set are laser-cut, making them incredibly precise and clean. Another great aspect of this set is its exceptional design, which offers an even more involved learning experience. Removing each piece from its sheet of plywood is simple. As complex as the machine may be, the set offers great visual instructions as guidance through the process. It is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Best Colors

Featuring 117 pieces of spinning gears and accessories, this is the perfect choice for children who love nature and the outdoors. With this set, they will be able to build flowers, stems, butterflies, bees and anything else their imagination comes up with. In addition to stimulating creativity, this set was designed to help strengthen STEM skills like problem-solving, critical thinking and engineering. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Parents seeking an option to teach engineering basics to younger children can’t go wrong with the ETI Toys 192-Piece Jumbo Gears Set. It’s oversized, colorful and simple to put together in numerous different ways. While putting it together, children have the chance to exercise their logic and reasoning in addition to building fine motor skills. The plastic parts are durable and can even be washed when needed. Recommended for children ages 2 to 7.

Expert Commentary

“Gear learning sets help children and students understand the basics of physics, gravity, and other universal laws that will impact the rest of their lives. The motor and reasoning skills developed are a benefit, and the interaction caregivers can have with children and students is positive as well.”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.