Construction Toys

Written by Gary Hepworth

The simplest type of kids construction toys must surely be a set of wooden building blocks. However, they are limited in what they can achieve, though they can fascinate the very young.

A jigsaw could also be considered a toy that has to be constructed, but once completed, there isn’t much more to do, other than admire the picture.

A better idea for toys that require building and construction is one that has nuts and bolts with pieces of differing shapes that can be joined together in meaningful ways to create something functional.

Hmm… Sounds a lot like Meccano!

Meccano is a giant in the business of kids construction toys. They have been producing these distinctive types of construction sets since 1901.

Generations of boys were reared on a toy that consisted of nuts, bolts and screws that could join metal pieces together through pre-drilled holes to construct a crane, a car or a plane, or just something that looked good, but didn’t really have an obvious purpose.

Being creative and designing in new and innovative ways is one of the hallmarks of this revolutionary toy that has constantly been among the bestsellers for generations.

Older “boys” will remember the sets in red and green and all metal. Younger boys will know that all colours and plastic too is now a common element of the toy. One thing hasn’t changed though, and that’s quality.

From strips, girders and brackets, to cylindrical parts, multikit parts and electrical parts, the quality is rigidly maintained at a very high standard indeed.

No matter how clumsy little fingers are with tools; trying to tighten a nut with a spanner, or insert a screwed rod, the parts are built to endure the wear and tear, and built to last too.

Traditionally, Meccano was for the older child who could manage all the little fiddly bits, but now much younger children can enjoy the toy too. A pre-school line exists that makes it easy and extremely satisfying for very young kids to have all of the fun that older ones have always enjoyed.

Problem solving is now easy and fun for tiny tots who feel that construction with creative designing is something they would like to try out.

Kids construction toys have certainly come a long way over the past 100 years and more. Meccano, far from being something your father or grandfather played with once upon a time, is a classic and timeless brand that is more than suitable for today’s 21st century child.

Discover educational fun construction toys as they are meant to be. Come back to before electronic gadgetry took over, and to when constructing things gave real pleasure. Discover Meccano models all over again and be so glad you did!

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