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Laureen Miles Brunelli

Good Toys: Building Sets

By November 25, 2013

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Over the years, I have spent a lot of my hard-earned pay on Lego sets. But I've always considered it a good investment. Lego are the kind of toy that keeps the synapses firing and the hands busy. There are endless types of Lego sets and with each brick endless possibilities for creativity.

The pictured Lego City Advent Calendar (Shop Now) gives special little figures and pieces, absolute gold to any Lego fan. Whether you observe Advent or not, these sets of special pieces are fun for kids and a good value for the kid who loves to have every kind of Lego.

Even as kids age and don't play with Lego, the collector mindset sticks around. My teenager was recently musing over how cool it would be to have a $400 Lego set. Though he doesn't play with his Lego sets much anymore, he was actually pretty excited about the idea, at least until I asked him if he wanted it for both his Christmas and birthday presents and to pitch in on the cost himself because that was the only way I spending that kind of money on Lego.

But there are plenty of other options besides Lego for budding builders. This list of construction toys includes everything from simple wooden blocks to intricate gears.

These building toys, as well as train sets and dollhouses, inspire the down-on-the-floor, hands-on play. They ignite creativity because kids can take what's in their mind's eye and actually build it. That's why they top my list of good toys for kids.

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