We’ve always been big fans of building sets for kids, especially for holiday gifts. Because we’ve found over the past decade or so of parenting, that that they really do give you a whole lot of bang for your buck.
Building sets are fun (obvs!), they help develop creativity and imagination, they promote all kinds of skills, and hey — we love that they keep kids busy for hours, without any screens involved.
The way we see it, the benefits make it totally worth stepping on a building bricks or two with our bare feet in the middle of the night. Ha.
That’s why we’re happy to welcome back our sponsor MEGA, who’s offering up a slew of super fun building sets for kids of all ages. Whatever your budget, there’s a set for every kid on your holiday shopping list.
We went through the selection and put together ten favorites from the hundreds of offerings from Mega Bloks and Mega Construx. And they’re all available conveniently at major retailers nationwide.
We hope they help get you started on bringing the joy this holiday season!
Building Sets for Little Kids
Mega Bloks building sets are the perfect gift for little hands and growing minds. They’re easy for kids to grip — and for parents to clean (phew) — making them a gift the whole family will appreciate. Here’s a few we know the little ones in our lives will adore.
The Main Street Friends building set encourages creative play as kids construct their own town or city, complete with a gas station, a restaurant, or whatever else their imagination leads them to create. Maybe someplace with good coffee for Mom?
Doubling as a beloved toddler pull toy, Elephant Parade features a tumbler that also serves as storage. Teaching our little ones to clean up after themselves: priceless.
We think little train fans will be smitten with the ABC Learning Train, which helps reinforce their letters as they play.
Doesn’t every kid go through a dinosaur phase? Yes, and they should! Because dinosaurs are cool! Same goes for this First Builders 70 Piece Build-a-Dinosaur Set that lets kids construct their own dinos for junior Jurassic battles.
Building Sets for Big Kids
If you’ve got big kids with big imaginations and nimble fingers, check out some of our favorite Mega Construx building sets that make kids squeal.
If you’ve got Despicable Me 3 fans at home like we do, the Mega Construx line of building toys, including Agnes’ Unicorn Expedition Building Set, is an adorable and affordable holiday gift option. Also: unicorns! And did we mention unicorns?
For SpongeBob lovers (holla!), this SpongeBob SquarePants Monster Rally Boat Building Set will score you some big hugs over the holidays. As with the Unicorn Expedition set, it’s under $20, making it a smart, budget-friendly option, especially if you’ve got lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends to shop for!
Now you can take a kid’s love of Pokémon from apps and cards to actual hands-on building. Great, right? We know more than a few kids who would be thrilled to get their hands on this building set that lets them construct their own Pokémon Charizard figure.
Okay, so one more Pokémon idea because this Pokémon Volcano building set is just amazing. It features a few of kids’ favorite characters, including Pikachu, Growlithe, Krabby and Diglett. Don’t worry if you have no idea what we’re talking about — your kids will!
You may not have known that Mega Bloks partnered up with American Girl so that the zillions of American Girl doll fans out there could have cool Mega Construx building sets with themes they’ll spark to. We think this popular American Girl Lea 2-in-1 Rainforest Sanctuary Construction Kit is an awesome choice. Kids build either a Brazilian sanctuary or an animal rescue center complete with 9 super cute little animals to take care of.
Okay, Halo fans, here’s one just for you:may we present the Halo Covenant Spirit Dropship Building Set? Wow, what a gift this is! It features 2200 pieces (2200!) enabling kids to bring their favorite video game from the screen into real life with an authentic Type-57 Troop Carrier and plenty of troops to man it. Whoa.
Thanks to our sponsor MEGA for creating fun, engaging toys for kids at affordable prices! Find these building sets all at Toys R Us right in time for holiday gifting.