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Encourage STEM with These Architectural Construction and Building Toys

Young child building geometric magnetic shapes into a creative building at home indoors for education, problem solving, fun, enjoyment and leisure.

These days, everyone is focused on exposing children to STEM concepts as early as possible. But to really immerse children in these topics in a meaningful way, it’s important to make it fun by teaching kids how STEM can be applied to daily life through fun building games. Check out these toys that encourage your child’s academic development in the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Kids will like that these building toys are a mix of bright and pastel hues. They can create a range of shapes and structures and never repeat the same structure twice.

An added bonus with this building toy set is that it’s made of wood, giving it a fun vintage effect. Children will explore creative thinking, spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills with this toy.

We love the colorful building bars and tripods in this building toy set. Because this set comes with magnetic balls, it’s safest for older children.

This building toy kit comes with 198 pieces, and the primary colors help to engage children. Young builders can create many different configurations with this fun set.

We like that the generic shapes in this building toy kit allow younger children to explore their creativity while also learning basic building principles.

Expert Commentary

Construction and building toys can boost motor skills and creative thinking, whether your child plays with them alone or with others. The best sets contain a lot of pieces, although kits with large blocks are safest for younger children. They can progress from building simple towers to more complex structures like animals and vehicles with high-quality, safe construction sets.

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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.


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