Nowadays, there are some pretty cool toys on the market. With Christmas and the girls’ birthdays right around the corner, I’ve been on the lookout for creative toys that encourage experimentation and fine motor skills. These are some of my favorites.
JOINKS // This is a brand new product. Kids can construct shapes using wooden dowels and flexible silicon connectors (3 years+, $45).
SQUIGZ // This toy is made entirely of suction shapes that connect. Although the structures are less complex, I like how they can work on windows, walls, and in the bathtub (3 years+, $25-$50).
MAGFORMERS // These magnet shapes are quite a bit stronger than Magna-Tiles. There are less shapes to work with, but they are great for making 3-D structures (3 years+, $20-$130).
MAGNA-TILES // My kids are obsessed with this toy. The magnets can’t hold a ton of weight, but they are easy to use. The 100-piece set allows for fairly complex structures (3 years+, $50-$120).
KUBIX // These tetris-inspired blocks can be used to build structures or to complete challenging puzzles (2 years+, $28).
MARBLE WORKS // A classic toy where kids can experiment with various raceway configurations (5 years+, $50).
COLORKU // This is a colorful and tactile version of Suduko, a logic-based placement puzzle (8 years+, $35).
OBSTACLE GAME // In this card game kids use various tools to come up with innovative solutions for each obstacle (5 years+, $17).