NSI Imagination Nation Pottery Wheel
Discovery Kids Build & Play Construction Fort
Theo Klein Bosch 36-Piece Toy Tool Set
If your kid already has a knack for building like Bob Vila, it's never too soon to give him a toolkit. The Bosch Toy Tool Set, for ages 3 and up, includes all the classics you'd find in your own workshop: drill, hammer, helmet, screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and more. Available at Toys "R" Us; $26.99.
Darby Smart's Soap Making Set
Thames & Kosmos Physics Discovery Science Kit
Disguise mechanical physics as something a lot more fun with this model-building kit that helps kids grasp fundamental concepts in physics. Its 48 pages of illustrated instructions and more than 100 construction pieces add up to 12 different models, from a freight elevator (to demonstrate pulleys) to a bicycle (to learn about wheels). It's a perfect gift for young engineers ages 8 and up. Available at Toys "R" Us; $29.99.
Walking Cardboard Animal Kit
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kinetic Creatures makes one thing and one thing only: walking cardboard animal kits. Included is everything a child needs to transform precut and scored cardboard into Elly the Elephant (pictured), Rory the Rhino, or Geno the Giraffe. Available at Kinetic Creatures; $39.95.
No tools are needed to build this wooden trebuchet, only glue and a set of clamps. Once assembled, it stands 19 inches tall and can launch ammunition (a light plastic ball, also included) up to 30 feet. For children 12 and up, that's a ton of fun! Good luck getting a turn at playing with their new favorite toy. Available at Oakland Ballistics; $26.00.
Casagami Solar Night Light
This cardboard house turned night light arrives flat for kids to assemble and decorate to their hearts' content. Once assembled, set it in a window to absorb rays of sunlight during the day, and the miniature home will give off up to five hours of LED light after dark—just enough to get sleepy Jimmy or Julie to bed. Available at the MoMA Store; $12.00.
Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Kit
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