Toys For Little Engineers

Goldie Blox are making the news with their amazing Rube Goldberg video, where three engineeringly-minded girls set up a complicated machine around their home, complete with flying roller skates and parachuting pink Cozy Coupes. Seen it? Loved it? Inspired to get your kids engineering at your place? Here is a collection of kits to encourage young creative and scientific minds.

1. Goldie Blox: The kit with all the hype at the moment. It's simple, appropriate for ages as young as four, and includes a spinning pink dolphin in a tutu. What more could you want?

2. K'NEX roller coaster kits ("Atomic Coaster" pictured): Well...what about a 1255 piece roller coaster with a motorized chain lift? Yeah! Definitely for a much older crowd, but I can imagine a ten year old going crazy for this at Christmas time.

3. Hape's Quadrilla Marble Railway: Also for ages four and up, these marble run kits have the added bonus of being made of durable, sturdy, non-toxic wood.

4. littleBits: Last but definitely not least, one for the electronic engineers among us! littleBits are sets of magnetic electronic components that can be attached in a variety of ways to put together different electronic kits with ease. So cool!

The best thing about Goldie Blox, littleBits and Hape's marble run is that all of the sets are expandable with additions. This way, you can start with the base set and increase its complexity over time.

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