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Smart Construction Toys
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toys go far beyond... right up to adult! Build them all... and then check
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A fascinating sphere...
Mini Rainbow Sphere or
Glow-in-the-Dark Sphere. Also
- Build a House with Real Bricks and Mortar, Over and Over Again!
Choose one of five plans,
or create your own design. Includes non-toxic dry mortar that mixes with
water and dissolves for reusing bricks. 550+ bricks, plastic windows and
doors, two heavy baseboards, mixing bowl, metal trowel...
- Sometimes the old-style toys are the best. Wooden
trains are always a hit! Imagination not included. Kids build their track,
and run their trains, creating the stories to accompany their play...
Get started with
Freight Yard Set or
Wooden Zoo Set. For the littlest engineers
My First Railway. Add
Polar Express North Pole,
Grand Roundhouse and
Record and Play Railway Station,
Light and Sound Ferry.
Add engines and cars:
Mighty Red Locomotive,
Tipping Wagon with Load,
Polar Express Battery Train,
Polar Express Caboose and Handcar,
Extra track expands the fun:
Beginner's Expansion Pack,
Intermediate Expansion Pack
- BRIO Network E-Mail Central an imaginative new spin on wooden train worlds -
the world inside your PC!
the Tank Engine Wooden Trains by Learning Curve, compatible with BRIO
Start with a Thomas set:
Mountain Overpass Set,
Water Tower Figure 8 Set,
Conductor's Figure 8 Set,
Sodor Rescue Team Set. Or
Thomas can be added to any wooden railway set!
Douglas the Scottish Twin,
Donald The Scottish Twin,
Gordon The Big Express Engine,
Giggling Troublesome Trucks,
Annie & Clarabel,
Bill and Ben and many others...
Blocks Create extraordinary architecture!
Achiquest World Fusion or
Archiquest Deluxe World Fusion
Archiquest Legends of Byzantine or
Archiquest: Dragons and Pagodas
Archiquest: Kings and Castles
Melisa & Doug Architectural Unit Block Set or
Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Blocks
& Doug Castle Blocks
Capsela Weather Station
from Educational Insights
- Capsela takes principles of physics, mechanics, and engineering and
packages them in easy-to-use capsules
- Capsela takes principles of physics, mechanics, and engineering and
packages them in easy-to-use capsules. From Amazon...
200 Plank Set by MindWare
- Build unbelievable ball track structures with this simple stacking plank
system. Create ramps, funnels, chutes and crazy contraptions like the “Black
Hole” and “Bounce Plate.” Then find out if the ball rolls as expected.
Unlimited creativity and experimentation... Also try
50 Plank Set!
- A modern twist on a favorite construction toy of our childhood...
Erector 4x4 RC Truck
Erector 150 Piece Construction Bucket,
Erector Super Construction Set, 643 Pieces
Special Edition Erector Train Set a detailed locomotive and seven other
Erector "Best of" 50 Model Set 605 Pieces
Erector Design Sets,
Erector Special Edition Set
Erector Ferris Wheel,
Erector Motorized Special Edition Mechanical Workshop Set, 742 Pieces,
Erector T.Rex - 4.5V Drill / Motor Motorized Models
from Think of It
- A magnetic must have! Turn your fridge into a kinetic play-ground, with
rails, buckets, serpentine chutes, and Ferris wheel... teaches the
principles of inertia, gravity, and more...
- Explore simple mechanics, and have fun! I wish I had these when I
was a kid...
- Gears, Gears, Gears! Wacky Wigglers work alone, or with other Gears,
Gears, Gears! sets. Add googly eyes, light-up, glow-in-the-dark,
motorized fun! Imagination rules! Don't miss these other Gears,
Gears, Gears! sets...
Dizzy Land Fun and
- Strongest magnetic building system in the world! Winner of Oppenheim ; Parents Choice Award, and 2 Dr. Toy Awards. And
winner of my family's well-rounded toy award - we've been known to ALL use it,
kids and adults alike, at home, in the car (use the bars to find and pick up
the balls when lost) and waiting for service in restaurants... it's terrific!
Study construction, strength, magnetic principles, friction, and more.
Supermag includes new shorter length bar, to add more variety to models...
from Magnetix by MEGA
Magnetic balls follow the path, suspended against gravity, jumping
looping, even climbing the tower without support... as you watch the lights
and listen to the music of the built in rhythms mixed on the provided Sound
FX Music Studio, or that of your own MP3 player...
"KAPLA" is from the Dutch "KAbouter PLAnkjes" which means
"small planks". Its design proportions are based on the elementary
progression of odd numbers: one, three, five. Unlike traditional cubes,
KAPLA is long and thin. It is perfectly balanced between 2 ideas: building
and sculpting. This single set can create an unlimited number of
structures... Fun for kids of ALL ages - you should see the college
Add Kapla Color
Green - 40 planks in color in each Square, to mix and match with your
natural maple Kapla blocks. Or get
two-color block sets (20 pieces each color) with suggestion book included:
Red and Orange with Book,
Light Blue and Dark Blue with Book, or
Yellow and Green with Book. And try the
KAPLA 280 Piece Block Set With Blue Advanced Architecture Book
or KAPLA 280 Piece Block Set With Red Advanced Animals And Architecture
Kapla 1000 Piece Building Set in All Natural Box for great construction
Mix and match with
Collection Contina blocks, in lighter weight bamboo, vivid colors or
Planks, also hardwood maple.
(Order directly from K'NEX with the links on this line, or through Amazon
with the set links below)
Legos and computers - a perfect combination for our children! Choose one
of the first 2 kits if you don't have a PC or for younger kids; the rest
allow PC programming of their Lego creations!
Explore the whole
Amazon Lego Store!
Architecture, Lego style! Don't miss these great kits, to build some
of the greatest buildings in the world!
Cobra's Curse Dueling Coaster
K’NEX Vertical Vengeance Coaster,
K’NEX Double Dare Dueling Coaster
K'NEX 50 Model Building Set,
K'NEX 30 Model Building Set,
K'NEX Musical Ferris Wheel,
K'NEX Swing Ride- 853 pieces
Kid K'NEX Classroom Set
Kid K'NEX Bug-Eyed Buddies
Lego Technic offers mobile machines with infrared sensors and more!
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Seattle Space Needle,
Empire State Building,
John Hancock Building
New for 2011!
Burj Khalifa Dubai,
Legos and computers - a perfect combination for our kids! Mindstorms NXT allows PC programming of
their Lego creations!
Black NXT Brick,
Sound Sensor (9845)
To go with your
Legos... Box 4 Blox
A gifted family life-saver, the Box 4 Blox neatly holds and sorts your
Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0: The King's Treasure
Robots With Lego Mindstorms: The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs
sound like anyone you know? A companion book...
Extreme Mindstorms: an Advanced Guide to Lego Mindstorms
- the book!
Go back in time with these real wood building logs, from our childhood!
Lincoln Logs Snowy River and
Lincoln Logs Fort Lincoln
Logiblocs by Action Products
Various self contained electronics blocks, construct a door alarm,
pressure switch, light alarm, moisture detector, more. A great way to begin
learning electronics, including
Run (ages 4-10)
Super Inventors Lab,
Logiblocs Alarm Tech,
Logiblocs LogiMan Robot - Agent and
Logiblocs LogiMan Robot - Policeman
Marble Mania Mega Construction Set or
Space Odyssey Marble Run
Super Marble Run Vortex or
Marble Run Vortex or
Marble Run with Motorized Elevator (ages 5+)
Authority Spacewrap/ Spacerail Steel Marble Roller Coaster (ages
Marble Run is 105 pieces, Glow-in-the-Dark Marble Run is 45 pieces, both
include spinners, vortex, and more...
Skyrail marble run is over 5 feet wide and 3 feet tall, with adjustable
suspension cables to easily raise or lower the tracks; Space Odyssey marble
run is more compact, but just as wild!
Kids Authority Spacewrap / Spacerail is the most difficult construction
level, for older kids and adults. Check them all!
Trebuchet Kit and
Pathfinders Catapult Kit
Just add glue, scissors and an appreciation for the physics and art behind
these medieval siege engines. High-quality models hurl a small ball more
than 15 feet in one throw, with adjustable pads that change the trajectory
angle and encourage experimentation for greater accuracy...
Modern marble run is "visibly cool." Transparent blue and green
cubes interlock for amazing cascades of marbles... also smaller
Q-Ba-Maze 20-pack in
Quadrilla Marble Railway, Basic Set,
Quadrilla Twist and Rail or
Wooden marble runs, with track pieces, accelerators, and fancy pieces, for
tons of fun. I remember these from my childhood! And don't miss
the Twist set - curved track, and a funnel!
Build grand and complex structures, including the double-entry Funnels
and Spirals, double-length bridges, Multiple marble launchers,
paddle-wheels, short bridges and rails, and bell-shaped bases to make the
Everything you need to create your own automated construction site!
Discover other ROKENBOK sets including
Monorail Metropolis Start Set,
Dozer with Recycling Center,
Power Chute Start Set and more...
the foam puzzle that forms a cube!
Snafooz 6-packs contain 6 different colors and 6 challenge levels. Build
all 6 cubes, or combine different colors to form lots of interesting
Snap Circuits Pro
Makes learning electronics a "snap". Build hundreds of experiments by
following the colorful pictures in the manual. Make projects such as AM radio,
FM radio, voice recorder, door bells...
An award winning new construction toy that brings greater flexibility to
all your constructions. Though each kit comes with several guides to
construct various things, the SNAP Toyz
website contains even more themes and construction fun for girls and boys.
From robots to architecture, dinosaurs to flowers, figures to fashion to
food, build your world with SNAP Toyz. Plus contests to enter and local
events to visit!
Circuits R/C Rover
Circuits Training Program
Snap Circuits Pro (age 8-12)
Snap Circuits (age 8-12)
Electronic Lab Kit (age 10-13)
300-in-one Project Lab Kit (age 10-13)
Super Set and
Superstructs Gear Expansion Pack
Out of simple angles and
straight lines come imaginative structures. The Super Set tub holds hundreds
of pieces including panels and joints; the Gear Pack tub
contains four sizes of
gears. Or from Amazon...
Superstructs Pinklets-The Fairy Garden,
Superstructs BIG Builder,
Superstructs On the GO!
Superstructs Castle Set,
Superstructs Wacky Machines,
Superstructs Makin' Tracks
Great first construction set, with easy-to-hold pieces and simple
peg-in-hole construction. Tips nest inside each other, to build story
upon story. And bright colors are sure to please!
Fuel their excitement for building models with these propeller-driven,
electric-powered and mechanically run machines. The wood components have
pre-cut slots to simplify assembly, with thorough directions that help kids
understand the science behind each project, including a buzzwire game, air-trike
and one mini racer with a synchronized starting system. Comes with all parts
Tower Girder & Panel
Classic building sets from the 1960s are back to inspire a new generation.
Kids can build whatever they dream up with over 250 sturdy plastic pieces,
including interlocking columns and beams, window panels and more. Idea book
explains architectural concepts with plans for an office tower, hospital and
Parts are interchangeable
set, balance the
water flow by adjusting valves, discover how a siphon works and learn basic
principles of fluid dynamics. Ideal for science fair projects.
Or try larger
Build it. Float it. Fly it. Überstix products are a
construction toy on their own, but also built to co-exist with both recycled
stuff - McDonalds straws, Popsicle sticks, paper cups, etc. - but also with
your favorite construction products - Lego, K'nex, Zome, Zoob, Erector.
Directions are a little less detailed than some construction sets, "They
assume you have a brain!" one gifted child noted excitedly...
Stack, nest, link and even lock WEDGiTS together to create creatures,
structures, mechanical levers, and more. Kids and adults enjoy this
unique new construction toys. Build, balance, stack, lock, or nest
them horizontally and vertically. Use your imagination or the design booklet
to form amazing structures & shapes...
3 Kit, and
Advanced Creator Kits from triangles to DNA strands, the smart building toy...
Great math learning tool, too! Available
lesson plans, model instructions, on-line manual. My kids (and their
parents) love this stuff! Plus literature including lesson plans for K-12,
Kepler's Solid essay and more. Additional Zome kits are available from
website, also a Hoagies' Page affiliate!
learning with Zome Models
Great new book to accompany Zome System, particularly for the advanced Zome
user, studying Geometry and beyond!
October 20, 2013