What type of gifts do you like to give your kids? Obviously, you want it to be something they enjoy and continue to use. But many parents, perhaps like yourself, want to inspire their kids to be creative thinkers. So what kind of gifts can you choose that will do that? Today, I’ve put together a list of gifts that inspire kids to build and create with their imaginations.
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The creative building sets are also types of toys that have been around for awhile. I remember some of them from when I was a kid. Classic toys that can bring back memories for mom and dad! And it might be good to help you stretch your brain and spend time building with your child! Also consider you are encouraging a child to become an inventor, builder, or engineer as an adult. If nothing else, it can help them problem-solve in any career.
We own all of these types of building types of toys personally. My oldest child in particular is good at building creations. It is neat to see what he can make from legos. If nothing else, every family should at least have a nice set of legos! Now my two year old is starting to get into building with our Duplo legos and wooden blocks. The Duplo legos are the larger size that are safer for smaller kids. I got our first Duplo legos five years ago at a yard sale. And I’ve added to them from thrift stores. My kids haven’t cared that they were used.
1. So having said that, a *Lego Duplo set is number #1 on my list! And more is better to expand what they can build! Since my 8 year old still plays with ours, we’ve gotten 5 years of use out of them, and still going. We also have smaller, advanced lego sets as well. (Dads might like those too!)
2. Another classic, I already mentioned are *wooden building blocks. A very young child can start having fun with his parents building things for him or her to knock over. And then they can start developing skills by learning to stack on their own. And for green, earth-conscious parents, no plastic in these toys. I can’t speak as to whether the packaging contains any plastic though.
3. Who else is an 80’s child and remembers Tinker Toys? This girl! I had a *Tinkertoy wooden set when I was a kid. But my kids have one of the *modern plastic Tinkertoy sets. My little dude had seen his older siblings playing with ours recently, and came in to show me a creation he had made the other day. Supposedly it was a fidget spinner. 🙂
4. Another toy that I remember playing with are *Lincoln logs. My brother had them, and they catered to my imagination. Like some of the other building toys, you can add *other Lincoln log sets for added interest and fun. I don’t think they’ve been as popular with my kids, but they have lots of legos and I didn’t. So keep in mind your child’s interests and preferences. Not every child will like the same thing.
5. *Bristle blocks are another old-fashioned toy. They are made of these plastic “bristles” or spikes, that interlock and hold together. The description on Amazon says they stick together at any angle. So go wild and imaginative!
6. We also have a set of *Magna-tiles that was gifted to my daughter. However my oldest child, who is the building-oriented one, uses them more. He puts them together, and builds structures with them. As the name suggests, they are made of magnets that hold the pieces together. They are somewhat of a pricey toy. I got ours during the toy clearance that Target has every summer.
7. Last, but not least on my list, is the *K’nex building sets. These are geared more toward an older child or they may need help from an adult. As your child advances in their building skills, you can upgrade to these. Our set did not come with extensive instructions for models, but you can go online and print out instructions for more designs. My son will come ask for me to print “a map” so he can build something new. (His term for instructions. 🙂 )
So that’s 7 total different types of building sets to consider for your kiddos! Get them away from their tablets and movies, and instead using their minds and hands to build and create. Let them invent and be proud of their own creations. Encourage them to be our future thinkers, and doers!