Toys For Mechanically-Minded Kids
While many kids prefer active or artistic play, some are more ignited by toys that let them imagine, plan, problem solve and ultimately build something. Read on to discover our favorite toys for mechanically-inclined kids.
Unlike a lot of children (and adults) who need to thoroughly read instructions or be taught how something works, mechanically inclined kids tend to choose to use their intuition to understand a mechanism or blueprint of something. They like to stack things to create structures, take things apart and then piece them back together to understand how they work and build their confidence by knowing they helped achieve the final result of assembling a toy. They’re inquisitive, determined and share a desire to see what they’re little minds have the power to create.
Do It Yourself kits like wooden racecars and model airplanes as well as classic building blocks, train sets, and toys that require assembly and offer the ability to demonstrate cause and effect are always a good choice.
A really great example of a toy for a mechanically minded kid is Lego. With many sets having hundreds of tiny pieces, mechanically minded kids magically find the patience to sit and assemble it with little help from instructions or an adult. Lego is also a versatile choice because you can build such a wide variety of structures that suit every kid’s particular interest. If you want a more eco-friendly version you could try Once Kids Eco-Blocks which are made from bamboo and not only function like Lego but can also work with Lego pieces.
Even if your child isn’t mechanically-minded, the list below has toys with numerous benefits and can help your child with both their physical and cognitive development. From a colorful block set that will strengthen fine and gross motor skills to a construction set that’s guaranteed to challenge and inspire creativity, these toys combine education with fun for everyone.
Toys for mechanically-minded kids
Age 1 year +
PlanToys Shape & Sort
Lily & River Little Stackables
Grapat Bowls & Balls
Tender Leaf Toys Wagon with Blocks
Raduga Grez Mountains Building Blocks
PlanToys Road & Rail – Rubber
Tender Leaf Toys Treetops Train Set
by ASTRUP Shapes Stacking Tower
Age 3 years +
Stuka Puka Wooden Malbork Castle Build & Play Set
The Polar Express Ready to Play Train Set
Explore Nook Bamboo Construct & Roll
PlanToys Motor Mechanic
Age 4 years +
Matador Explorer Wooden Construction Set
Ranging from $39.99 – $229.99
Clixo Crew Pack
Available in more colors and sizes
Once Kids Eco-Blocks Wooden Set – 250 Piece
Available in more sizes
Guidecraft PowerClix Frames – 100 Piece
Available in more sizes