10 Great Construction Sets for Gifted Children

Feed the Imagination of Your Junior Engineer, Mechanic or Architect

Many gifted children love to build various kinds of structures. They may start out building towers out of simple wooden blocks and progress to building complex structures from houses, boats and cars to structures that exist only in their imaginations.

Kids with any interest will find one or more of these sets fun and challenging. Whether your child is interested in architecture, sculpture or mechanics, there is a set available to feed that interest. Seeing which kind of set your child likes most also gives you an idea of what your child is most interested in.

Give your gifted child a chance to stretch his or her imagination with a variety of construction sets. Here are ten of the best!

My Best Blocks Building Sets

My Best Blocks
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The youngest children can play with blocks, so building block sets are always good to have on hand. Since children will be playing with them for years, it's a good idea to have quality sets that will last.

High-quality sets also have well-constructed pieces that fit smoothly and neatly together, which will help eliminate the frustration younger children often experience. My Best Blocks sets are good quality sets with over 100 pieces!

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Melissa & Doug Architectural Unit Block Set

Melissa & Doug Architectural Unit Block Set
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This wonderful wooden set contains 44 blocks of eleven different shapes. The variety of shapes allows children to build anything from castles to cathedrals.

This set will take children well beyond the usual simple block towers.

It is ideal for kids whose imaginations take them to medieval worlds, including fantasy worlds with dragons. They can imagine kings and queens and knights and dragons living in and around the structures they create.

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Kapla Stacks Set

Kapla 200 Blocks Set
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The best description for this building set is "simple, but complex." Kapla sets allow kids to be creative while learning about balance and architecture.

The set includes flat planks of wood that are the same size and shape. The building can go as high as the child wants and they will have a blast constructing any building they can imagine.

Kids who love a challenge (and what gifted child doesn't?) will enjoy figuring out how to build structures that don't tumble to the ground.

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Brio Builder Starter Set

Brio Builder Starter Set
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Sometimes laying blocks on top of one another just isn't enough to satisfy the construction urge in some children. Especially the more mechanically minded kids!

This construction set is perfect for those kids. It contains 48 pieces, which include a variety of wooden planks and blocks as well as plastic wrenches, pliers, and other pieces used to connect the pieces together in as many ways as a child can imagine!

Kids who love tools and building things will love the Brio sets For ages 3 and up.

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Lego and Duplo Block Tubs

LEGO Ultimate Building Set
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Legos are a favorite with children. Sets to build all kinds of structures, from buildings to vehicles to robots, are available.

However, for the free reign of a child's imagination, the best bet is to get a large tub that has a wide variety of pieces. Duplos are the same as Legos, but they are larger and safer for children under three.

These sets are great for strengthening small motor skills, especially for children who dislike coloring or any arts and crafts activities.

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Rokenbok Construction Sets

Rokenbok Construction Sets
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Rokenbok Construction sets will bring out the junior engineer in your child. They can build working models of a variety of things like cranes, trucks and other machines.

Many of the models can be controlled with remote controls and the basic kits can be expanded as your child grows. These are fantastic kits that will stretch your child's creativity and problem-solving skills.

Even the adults in the family will enjoy building models. The recommended age for Rokenbok construction sets is 6 and up.

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K'Nex Construction Set Tub

K'Nex Construction Set Tub
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K'Nex sets are made up primarily of rods and connection pieces. With these sets, children can build cars, robots and creatures that exist only in their imaginations!

Many different sets are available, but the best to have on hand on the tubs full of pieces that allow children to let their imaginations run free!

Sometimes, too, it's just fun to create artistic constructions. Just how can those pieces fit together to make something that just looks "cool"?

For ages 6-12. (Contains small pieces)

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Connectagons

Connectagons
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Connectagons are brightly colored wooden circles that kids can connect from anywhere on one circle to anywhere on another circle.

In the process of creating their sculptures, kids practice their spatial reasoning skills and learn basic principles of balance.

Connectagons are perfect for kids who are more interested in creating free-form artistic structures than architectural or automotive structures.

The set contains 240 circles.

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Magz Magnetic Construction Sets

Magz Magnetic Construction Sets
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Magz construction sets use magnets to hold the pieces together.

They are great for kids who may get frustrated with other sets that require them to snap pieces together. Even children who enjoy other sets will enjoy Magz construction sets.

These allow children to create shapes and constructions they can't make with some other sets. Imaginations can really run free!

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Erector Sets

Erector Sets
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Erector sets have been around for over fifty years and continue to be a favorite of the mechanically minded child.

Most pieces are metal and are put together with metal nuts and bolts. Sets are available to build almost anything imaginable, including dinosaur robots.

For the best imaginative play, larger sets with a variety of pieces are good to start with.

For ages 5 and up. (Includes small pieces)

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