Building adventures

How to choose construction
toys for any age

Make Christmas morning a little more magical with inspiring gifts that provide endless hours of fun. Our wide range of construction toys will spark children’s imaginations and encourage important skill development at every stage. Here are some tips for choosing the best construction toys for children of all ages, to guarantee smiles when they unwrap their presents.

Age 1½–3 years

With large blocks that are easy for little hands to manage, LEGO Duplo will brighten up playtime. Choose bold colours and a variety of pieces to stimulate the senses and encourage them to explore new shapes.

Themed sets will help them discover new worlds and learn as they play. With My First Cars & Trucks, toddlers will sort, stack and build their way to better dexterity and creativity. This Number Train set includes numbered pieces that’ll teach them to count, while My First Garden helps them understand what makes their garden grow.

My First Cars & Trucks
LEGO Duplo Number Train
My First Number Garden

Age 3-4 years

As their abilities develop, help them create a world of discovery with fun toys they won’t want to stop playing with. Sets with moving parts and engaging accessories are ideal.

With the Kid K'Nex Budding Builders Building Set, little ones can let their imaginations run free or recreate models from the easy-to-follow guide, all while improving their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. With the unique Magformers Walking Robot Set, they’ll build clever moving robots using easy-to-hold magnetic pieces, ideal for learning problem-solving skills.

Kid K'Nex Building Set
Magformers Walking Robot Set

Age 5-6 years

For younger children pick sets that inspire a storytelling adventure where they can invent their own characters, worlds and scenarios or recreate scenes from their favourite films. Wannabe speed-seekers will love this Disney Pixar Cars 3 set, from the LEGO Juniors range, with specially designed, larger pieces for building and racing their favourite cars.

Encourage communication and cooperation with sets they can enjoy with others but are just as much fun to play on their own. Themed sets, such as LEGO Friends Olivia's Creative Lab and LEGO City Sweeper and Excavator, are perfect for inspiring their imaginations.

LEGO City Sweeper and Excavator
Disney Pixar Cars 3
LEGO Friends Olivia's Creative Lab

The LEGO City Cargo Train Super Pack is exclusive to us and will keep kids busy well past boxing day. It includes a remote controlled, motorised train, along with a train station and metres of extra track. They’ll be impatient to start making models with the K'Nex Classic Constructions Building Set. It’s the perfect present to challenge their engineering skills – whether they follow the instructions or invent their own designs is up to them.

LEGO City Cargo Train Super Pack
KNex Building Set

Age 7-9 years

Now’s the time to introduce them to more complex builds. Choose toys that are educational but, most importantly, full of fun, so they’ll learn new skills without even realising.

Age 10+ years

Older children will love to discover a show-stopping advanced set under the Christmas tree. Choose exciting, challenging kits that create life-like models or have intricate parts.

Teenagers (and the young at heart) will love recreating the iconic Caterham Seven 620R racing car with this exclusive kit. Film characters and scenes are always a popular choice – with this detailed, movable LEGO Star Wars Last Jedi BB-8 set, they can make their own lovable droid. The one-of-a-kind, interactive Meccano Robot M.A.X lets them get stuck in to robotics and coding – they’ll be so engaged, they’ll hardly notice they’re learning future-ready technical skills.

Caterham Seven 620R
LEGO Star Wars BB-8
Meccano Robot M.A.X

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