Construction has become one of the world's most popular toy categories. By encouraging a child to use their hands to create and learn dexterity, the enormous sense of achievement in the finished product is always plain to see. Building blocks have been in existence for over a century, but the undisputed king of toy construction is LEGO.
Founded in 1932 making wooden toys, the company soon progressed to using plastic as a moulding material. This led to the creation of their first building brick, with which the company is most strongly recognised. Many other companies have imitated LEGO, but none have had the same global success. Meccano, Brio and K’Nex are also big players in this group, and competitors selling magnetic variations have also emerged.
Wood has been, and still is, one of the most widely used materials for making these building toys. Nothing can compete with it for strength, warmth and feel. In the same mould are scale plastic model kits, sometimes containing hundreds of parts. These have to be glued together and then painted to make vehicles, soldiers and spaceships, or almost anything you can imagine.
The world's most famous online retailer sells an unparalleled selection of toys.
The original catalogue shop now sells a huge range of toys at great prices.
Founded in 1932, LEGO is one of the best known and loved names in toys.
Marble runs and accessories including wooden and award winning styles.
This online independent toy store has a website and five physical stores.
A good variety of toys and games in this lovely toy shop.
The business also has a dedicated website for customers to purchase toys from a wide range of categories.