These are our 10 best building toys for kids inspired by STEM learning. These building sets are all high quality, durable, and engaging. We own each of these and some before my son was three, making them great building toys for toddlers too. These are tried, tested and true building toys! We love toys that will grow with your kids as they develop greater independence and more skills.
BEST PRESCHOOL BUILDING TOYS
STEM INSPIRED BUILDING TOYS FOR TODDLERS TO PRESCHOOLERS
Yes, we have owned or still own so many of these awesome STEM inspired building toys below! Awesome for young kids including toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners and beyond!
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BUILDING TOY #1: WEDGITS
Wedgits are fun to build with and easy to manipulate for younger children. However, you can make really neat sculptures with increasingly difficult skills for older kids. Lots of ideas to work from too and try to recreate!
BUILDING TOY # 2: QUERCETTI TUBATION
Quercetti Tubation is also great for the younger preschooler to manipulate without frustration but equally entertaining for the older preschooler.
We also added a set of music pieces that can be combined with the tubes to make flutes and horns.
BUILDING TOY #3: Foam Blocks
Foam blocks are a great buy and have provided hours of fun for my son! Inexpensive and a great variety, they are large and great for building castles on the floor (not table top size).
BUILDING TOY #4: MELISSA AND DOUG BLOCKS
Everyone needs a set of these cardboard building blocks from toddler on up! We have played with these for years. Hands down great buy and very durable.
You do have to assemble them all, but I am a pro now and have done boxes for other people! Slightly tough to store but we keep them in a big clear storage bin!
BUILDING TOY #5: DUPLO
Duplos are a great independent building toy now! My son likes the Duplo building sets better than just a big tub of duplos, so we often keep pieces separate. We have a quarry set and this is actually a gift for him this year to add to it.
Although he can manipulate the smaller Lego pieces well now, he would rather use these still for independent play. We are definitely encouraging independent play too!
BUILDING TOY #6: LEGO
That leads us to this lego building toy. This is for slightly older kids. We have several versions including a 4 and up one too.
He will sit with Daddy at the table and they have loads of fun building them together. We keep all the pieces in the separate containers and it makes a nice little table activity for quality son/daddy time!
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BUILDING TOY #7: SMARTMAX POWER VEHICLES
Mix and Match and create your own vehicles with minimum frustration! Lots of fun parts and magnetic balls and rods! Pair it with the set below for even more fun but also great as a stand alone gift.
My son received this for his birthday this year. He is easy to frustrate but it is quickly getting the hang of snapping the pieces together.
BUILDING TOY #8: SMARTMAX BUILDING SET
SmartMax basic building set. Although pricey, it is a great preschool building toy and would be a great compliment to the power vehicles above. Since my son has the vehicles and enjoys them, we went ahead and bought this for under the tree too!
BUILDING TOY #9: MELISSA AND DOUG WOODEN BLOCKS
Classic wooden blocks by Melissa and Doug. Heirloom quality and great to add to other sets. We have made many cities, zoos, castles, play grounds and more with these blocks!
BUILDING TOY #10: K’NEX
K’nex building kits offer lots of creativity with set building ideas too! Some building toys start at 3 years and continue past 9 years! Great for fine motor skills work too!
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PRESCHOOL BUILDING TOYS THAT WILL KEEP EVERYONE BUSY!
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