Who doesn't love to build? Putting things together can be so satisfying; knowing that you've created something, whether it's a structure, sculpture or vehicle. In addition to classic LEGO, or Kapla building blocks, we have lots of other choices available to suit your child's creative energies.
MagnaMobiles ($24.95, Ages 6+, gift guide page 40): The dump truck shown at the left is one of eight different vehicles available. The truck consists of different pieces that are held together with magnets. When the pieces are put together they make a clicking noise as they are rotated. Create different configurations of the vehicle by moving the piecesaround.
Laser Pegs ($44.95, Ages 7+, gift guide page 42): Exclusive to Mastermind Toys! Imagine LiteBrite and LEGO in one package! Build one of the many structures with the Laser Pegs building blocks, place it on one of the two power bases included in the set and watch your structure light up into an amazing display! Each block contains a small LED light and each light has a projected lifespan of 100,000 hours. This is one fun way to build. Go online to Laserpegs.com for more ideas about what to build with your set. Other sets are also available: Mini Construction Monster Bug Kit and The Dune Buggy Kit.
Magformers Jumbo 30 piece set ($89.95, Ages 6+, gift guide page 42): Pieces stick together magnetically so you can create lots of different kinds of structures. No need to worry about frustration setting in due to magnetic repulsion either, these pieces have "intelligent magnet technology" meaning two pieces will always attract and stick together. This jumbo set includes 12 triangles and 18 squares, each piece measuring about 5" in length.
Note: all prices are as of December, 2011 and are subject to change.