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Building Sets That’ll Introduce Your Kids to STEAM

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Whether building sets are made from wood or plastic, they’re often a big hit with children of all ages. While this classic toy can be a great way to keep children occupied and off their screens, these sets also serve as an enriching educational tool. In addition to building fine motor skills, a great building set can be a low-pressure introduction to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts. Check out our top picks for the best building sets for kids.

We like that this kids’ building set comes with e-books so children can refer to tutorials to create complex structures. This is a great pick for solo or group activities.

Children will love that this kids’ building set comes with tutorials for 50 models that they can create. Little ones will improve their fine motor skills while also building spatial awareness.

This 85-piece kids’ building set gives children ages 5 and up the ability to make a wide variety of structures, helping to gently introduce them to STEAM concepts while building problem-solving and social skills.

Note that this kids’ building set is rated for children 3 and up. But thanks to the marble run, children will get to understand concepts like gravity, physics and spatial awareness.

We like that this kids’ building set comes with windows, door frames, wheels and even triangles so children can learn about shapes as well as complex structures.

Expert Commentary

If you’re looking for a practical and versatile toy, building sets are an option worth considering. These sets can keep children occupied for hours while stimulating their imagination and nurturing their educational development. They also help children practice their problem-solving skills.

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.


About The Author

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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