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Toys Reviewed for the 2020 Engineering Gift Guide

Lalaboom Snap Beads: Bag of Beads and Accessories

Ages: 10 mo – 36 mo
"Inspired by the Montessori method, Lalaboom beads invite your child to develop new skills essential to their development and at their own pace - Sensory discoveries; fine motor skills; visual acuity; dexterity; concentration; hand-eye coordination; logic; and more!"

Design & Drill: Bolt Buddies Recycle Truck

Ages: 3 – 7
"Kids use a real, working, kid-safe toy drill to build the Design & Drill Recycle Truck, then drop the Bolt Buddy and kitty-cat co-pilot into the driver’s seat and use the drill to activate the truck’s lift arm, picking them up and dropping them into the truck bed."


Ages: 3+
"Brackitz award winning building toys are unique in their ability to connect anywhere, at any angle, enabling kids to design and build 3D structures, animals, spaceships, machines that spin and more using the planks, rotating pieces and connecting hubs."

Driver 43

Ages: 4+
"This educational toy has been used in classrooms to demonstrate the concepts of mechanical advantage, movement, force and engineering."

3Doodler Start Learn From Home Set

Ages: 6 – 13
"A great way for children to explore creativity, because it allows the user to experiment with their imagination and freestyle in order to bring their ideas to life."

Pulleys 90

Ages: 7+
"Build up to 8 different working real-world contraptions. Pieces connect anywhere, any time, under any angle!"

Code Car

Ages: 8 – 12
"Kids learn real computer programming skills and control the buttons, lights, and speaker on the Code Car to make 14 different projects and games."

Code Piano

Ages: 8 – 12
"Kids learn how to make and modify their own electronic music with Code Piano. Free online project guides show them how computer programming works."

Code Rocket

Ages: 8 – 12
TOP 10 Pick: "Inspire the next NASA engineer with this toy that teaches coding through 20 free online projects."

Gravitrax Obstacle Set

Ages: 8+
TOP 10 PICK: "Create your own action-packed marble run obstacle courses!"

Snap Circuits: Green Energy

Ages: 8+
"Learn the basics of electronics and modern alternative energy. Explore clean energy concepts, such as electric cars, windmills, and hand-generated power."

Snap Circuits: My Home

Ages: 8+
"An excellent, hands-on toy for children with an interest in circuits and electronics!"

Let's Start Coding Ultimate Kit 2

Ages: 10 – 14
"Learn real C++ coding with no prior experience. Online lessons get kids started, then they follow their curiosity. Great for advanced kids who want to work hands-on and see immediate results!"

3Doodler Create+ Learn From Home Pen Set

Ages: 14+
"This all-in-one individual learning pack enables kids ages 14+ to explore difficult concepts hands-on in 3D, boosting their creativity and confidence."