Parents' Choice: Top Toys for Kids Who Love Building

Calling all builders!

If your child loves to draw, create, and build, these toys will help develop those talents. LEGOs are great, but there are many other innovative educational toys out there, too. Here are a few that your architecturally-inclined child is sure to love.

1. Brackitz

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What it is: A versatile wooden construction system that helps kids develop 3-D thinking and design skills as they build a wide variety of structures

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “a lot of fun and learning

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Spatial thinking, creative design, building

Ages: 3+; ideal for 5+

Price: $59.95; other sizes and price points available (purchase)

2. SmartMax Build & Connect

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What it is: A highly versatile, multiage-compatible magnetic construction set

Parents’ Choice Award®: Recommended — “pieces are colorful and easily managed by those as young as three

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Imaginative play, building

Ages: 3+

Price: $59.99 (purchase)

3. Guidecraft PowerClix Organics 74 Piece Set

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What it is: A beautiful, multi-shape magnetic building toy that offers extraordinary design and creative possibilities

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “exquisitely translucent colorful pieces are tempting to look at and irresistible to touch

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Building, sculpture, art, science

Ages: 5+

Price: $109.95 (purchase)

4. Dohdles!

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What it is: A game of “dough + riddles” in which players sculpt objects and then ask strategic questions to learn about others’ objects without giving away information to other players, with the ultimate aim of advancing on the board and earning the title “Dohdle Master”

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “encourages creativity and problem-solving

Number of players: 3–6

Recommended for lovers of: Strategy games, sculpting and creating, riddles, problem-solving

Ages: 10+

Price: $39.99 (purchase)

5. Arckit

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What it is: A professional architect tool to design, model, and build structures to scale, affording 3-D design compatibility as well as accurate construction and material cost estimates

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “it can be used by professional architects, but it also teaches the fundamentals of architectural design

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Architecture, modeling, building, design

Ages: 12+

Price: $69.99; various sizes and price points available (purchase)

To discover other great educational toys for kids with a variety of interests, check out all nine gift guides from Noodle and Parents' Choice®.