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Top 5 mechanics toys for Christmas

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With the Christmas countdown well underway it’s time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Fircroft has researched the top 5 mechanics toys for children, so if you’re an engineer looking to buy your children a present, why not try these engineering-themed gifts?


One of the world’s most popular mechanical toys for children, K’NEX are plastic toy sets that allow children to build simple or highly complex moving models. 

The brand offers a variety of models from rollercoasters to cranes and everything in-between. The varied levels of difficulty allow children of all ages to get involved. 

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


An old favourite, Meccano has long been an excellent toy for teaching children of all ages the basics of mechanics in a fun and informative way. 

The flexibility of Meccano allows both parents and children to either follow the instructions or use their own imagination to create various objects.

There are a number of ways to add complexity to Meccano by using Arduino or other open source programming in conjunction with the toy. 


Lego has appealed to many generations over the years and is a firm favourite in many children’s toy boxes. 

Depending on your child’s age you can choose between Duplo, Lego or Lego Technic so you have almost every age range covered. There is a vast collection of Lego kits with more coming out every year.

Lego blocks

Build an Internal Combustion Engine Kit

This kit comes with step-by-step instructions on how to build your very own internal combustion engine. 

Aimed at older children, it comes with ignition sound effects, an electric motor, illumination spark plugs and over 100 parts to assemble. It teaches children the basic mechanics of a working engine so has an educational element too.

Kidzlabs Catapult Making Kit 

Possibly the riskiest option from the list, a real working catapult toy! Children can assemble the catapult by clipping together plastic pieces and thread to make the mechanism prior to deployment.

The catapult can fire small projectiles up to 5 meters away!

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Great list! Thanks for your efforts and writing you have done to compose the list. Keep up the good work.
Aaron Lal, 01 February 2019
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