10 of the best mechanics toys and tools for children this Christmas

You can't go wrong with some of the best mechanics toys and tools as gifts for Christmas. Any of these 10 should provide joy for your little one.
Christopher McFadden
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Looking for some great Christmas gift ideas for your little ones? How about some of the best mechanics toys and tools on the market?

1. K'Nex Building Set

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K'Nex Building Set

This toy is a great gift for kids aged 9 and above. It comes with 744 pieces for building objects, battery and motor included. Kids can build a giant ferris wheel using these pieces and enjoy the exciting world of engineering and technology.

K'NEX is one of the world's most popular mechanical toys for children, and it will continue to be one of the best mechanics toys and tools for the foreseeable future.

K'NEX, if you are not aware, are plastic sets that let children build simple or highly complex moving 'models.'

These can range from rollercoasters to cranes to just about anything they can think up and build. 

K'NEX toys and kits are designed to move "fun-powered imaginations of boys and girls forward."

You can't really go wrong, and any set will do the trick.

2. Crayola Crayon Carver Bundle

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Crayola Crayon Carver Bundle

With the Crayola Marker Carver Bundle, you can create special carved designs with your Crayola markers. The base crayon carver unit comes with built-in storage to keep your markers organized and ready for the next project. Engrave with a motorized carving bit for deep, detailed carvings.

The Crayon Carver from Crayola allows your kids to personalize their crayons by etching words or symbols into the wax whilst tracing plastic tiles.

Etching can begin once crayons are placed in the shielded work area and tiles are arranged for the desired text or symbol. Given the nature of this toy, your child's safety is of the utmost importance. To this end, the motor for the etching device will only work once the tracing pen is placed on the tiles.

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This toy is not just for fun, however. It is designed to teach your child how to operate basic machinery as well as improve spelling.

Obviously, this device will chew through a lot of crayons, so beware.

3. NASA Apollo Saturn V LEGO Set

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NASA Apollo Saturn V LEGO Set

If you are looking for a gift for your children, then you should consider buying this LEGO set. Made of plastic, These toys are specifically built for astronomy lovers who like living in the dream world of stars and planets.

Yep, the one and only LEGO. It is one of the best mechanics toys and tools, and any set will do, to be honest. Depending on your child's age, you might want to consider choosing between Duplo, regular LEGO or LEGO Technic, etc.

LEGO is a great choice for children and adults of all ages and has been a very popular mechanical and building toy for decades. LEGO sets come in a vast range aimed at various age groups and interests. 

Frankly, you can't go wrong with LEGO unless you inadvertently step on one late at night.

4. Meccano Erector

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Meccano Erector

This toy comes with 25 building models. It is a great toy for STEM learning and can be used as an educational tool for kids aged 10+. It also comes with ergonomic tools for building objects.

Hot on the heels of LEGO comes this golden oldie. The Meccano Erector has long been a fantastic toy for teaching children of all ages the basics of mechanics in a fun and informative way.

Parents and children can both enjoy the building experience together by either following instructions or using their imagination. 

Meccano, like most toy product lines, also offers options for adding complexity using Arduino or another open-source programming.

5. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set

This toy train set is a perfect gift for children aged 3 and up. It is easy to assemble, so it will not take much time. It also enhances the imagination of kids by giving them a chance to create their own worlds with the help of this train set. Furthermore, it was built for train enthusiasts who want to have a train set in their house.

Wooden train sets have been popular toys for children for decades. You may well have fond memories of your own from your youth. Melissa and Doug are some of the latest incarnations of these but are built to a very high quality and with great design. 

Kits range in size from basic small ones to their 'all singing all dancing' deluxe kits. Children can either build a set following instructions or design their very own. Wooden train sets tend to be aimed at younger ages but are likely to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

6. Magformers Inspire Set

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Magformers Inspire Set

This toy is perfect for those who want to improve their child's brain development. It will help them develop critical thinking skills and shape their STEM learning. This toy is perfect for aged 3 and up and can be a great gift for the loved munchkins in your life.

Magformers are one of the more unique gift ideas on the market. Basic sets are targeted at children around the age of 3, but they do provide more complex kits for older children.

As the name suggests, each plastic piece has magnetic components to enable easy assembly. Each set comes with Neodymium magnetized colorful geometric tiles that are nice to look at and fun to play with. Magformers in motion adds gears and motors to construct some truly fantastic contraptions.

There are no slots to be wary of, and the magnets ensure a safe and strong connection between them. 

7. Battat – Take-Apart Airplane Set

 

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Battat – Take-Apart Airplane Set

This toy is designed for airplane enthusiasts that are curious about how airplanes work. It comes with 21 Airplane parts, a battery-powered drill, and 3 bits. The entire set is safe and sturdy for use.

Battat is fantastic for teaching younger children about the ins and outs of assembling vehicles. Children get the chance to assemble and disassemble a wide range of vehicles, from planes to cars and many more.

Kits tend to come complete with all the main assembly pieces, nuts, bolts, and even a little drill with 3 drill bits. These toys stimulate problem-solving skills whilst enhancing your child's fine motor skills. 

The final 'models' are actually quite attractive in their own right too. You can even display your little one's creations on your mantelpiece.

8. Internal Combustion Engine Set

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Internal Combustion Engine Set

This toy is a realistic model of the combustion engine. It is a great toy to introduce children to engineering, science, and mechanics. It helps massively in developing logical and critical thinking in kids’ minds.

Here's one for older kids. Why not have your child develop a real sense of achievement by assembling their own working model of a 4-cylinder engine? It even comes with ignition sound effects!

The kit comes with step-by-step Haynes Manual style diagrams for assembly. As they build the simplified model, they will learn the basic mechanics of a working engine.

The set comes with over 100 parts, an electric motor, and illuminating spark plugs to boot. Note that it will need batteries and vegetable oil to work.

9. Kidzlabs Catapult Maker

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Kidzlabs Catapult Maker

This toy is a robotic arm that will help you assemble your next project with ease. It is realistic and has gripping action and is perfect for kids aged 8 and above. This toy is recommended for kids who are interested in science, engineering, robotics or technology.

Who can argue with a working catapult toy? Surely one of the best mechanics toys and tools ideas for Christmas, ever. OK, you may need to lay down some strict rules about where they can use it, but they'll have a wail of time making it.

Your child will get to clip together some sturdy plastic pieces and thread the mechanism prior to deployment. The catapult, technically speaking a Mangonel, can fire small projectiles up to 5 meters away! Ammunition is included, which is always a bonus.

10. Introduction to Engineering

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Introduction to Engineering

This toy comes with 25 building projects that are great for enhancing STEM learning. It also includes a 48-page guidebook that provides instructions on how to complete the projects. A great toy for kids aged 5 and above.

Last but by no means least on our list of best mechanics toys and tools is this one. Want to teach your children how stuff works? Perhaps it's time for a fun introduction to the basics of engineering. This kit will teach them about flying machines, boats, land vehicles, levers, forces, and pulleys.

It includes 25 hands-on and engaging experiments that build on each other to improve overall awareness of engineering principles. Who could argue with that?

So there you go, our list of best mechanics and electronics toys and tools for children this Christmas. Do any of them interest you? Perhaps you have some other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.

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