Gift ideas for Construction-loving kids
Do you have a little one in your life who loves all things construction? We compiled a list of our favorite construction and STEM-themed toys that have been tried and tested by my kids. The list of toys is in order from toddlers to tweens.
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Dressing the part is important to our kids. They loved this kit which comes with a hard hat, tools, tool belt, vest, and safety glasses. Good for ages 3 and up.
Get your construction costume here
Magna-tiles of all shapes inspire future engineers and architects but we particularly enjoyed the builder's edition.
Buy your magna-tiles
My little guy thought he was a pretty big deal when he got this toy. "Mom, it has REAL tools!" The 4 in 1 take-apart toy transforms into a dump truck, cement mixer, crane, and excavator using a battery operated screwdriver.
4 in 1 Take-apart Toy
A trip to the beach is not complete without construction equipment. We had Tonka dozers and this Little Tykes cement mixer. Bonus: the mixer bucket pops off so that you can use it to build sand castles. Good for ages 3+.
Little Tykes Dirt Diggers 2 in 1
Speaking of sand, the kinetic sand dig and demolish kit is a fun sensory activity that we use in the dead of winter when everyone has cabin fever! The kids love hiding shells or plastic toy dinosaurs in it. Buy sand here
Older kids can build their own woodworking projects using pre-cut pieces. They can make their own treasure chest, shelf of toolbox.
Young Woodworker's Project
I cannot even begin to tally how many hours of fun this John Deere has delivered. We have an older model that has gone through 2 kids and, unfortunately, I think my 6 year old may outgrow it this summer. He uses it to haul wood, tow friends in a wagon behind it, and gather veggies harvested from our garden. It's his favorite!
John Deere Tractor
Kiwi Crates are another awesome option to build interest in STEM activities and construction. There’s the option of a monthly subscription or of buying a single box. My kids’ favorites have been The Astronaut starter kit and Santa’s Light up workshop. They have specific kits for each age group.
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This year, our 8-year old is getting this Smartivity DIY Pinball kit. It was a Toy of the Year finalist in 2022. Smartivity creates sustainably built STEM toys. Recommended for ages 8-14.
Buy your Smartivity kit here
Laura grew up exploring the woods and mine-pits of Virginia, MN. She has always been a book worm and was often reprimanded as a child for sneaking a flashlight and a book under her covers and reading well past her bedtime. Her mission in life is to embrace adventure and instigate fun.