1 Miworld blocks by Mitoi
These architectural building blocks stack up into the basic forms of iconic structures, from the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building. The Spanish toy maker also offers Miciti, a similar set representing the famous architecture of Barcelona, founder/designer Marc Castelló’s home town.
2 Kano computer kit
Kids can build their own computer with this kit of everything they need to do so: a credit card-sized Rasberry Pi board, a clear case speaker, a keyboard, an SD card loaded with the Kano operating system, a wifi stick, cables, illustrated manuals and even stickers to decorate and get the creative juices flowing before writing your code.
3 Buoys and Boats, by Papafoxtrot and Postler Ferguson
Postler Ferguson teamed up with toy makers Papafoxtrot on these two designs that complement each other perfectly. Assemble your own ocean liner, with the wooden block interpretations of the Emma Maersk, Ti Asia and Arctic Princess. Or mix and match the interchangeable components of the wood and silicone buoys, in port and starboard colours.
4 Lego Architecture Studio
Ideal for budding architects (or bigger ones), the Lego Architecture Studio was launched earlier this year. An addition to the Danish manufacturer’s Architectural Series, the set includes over 1,200 pieces, and 76 unique modules, from the classic basic brick to wedges and more. It comes with a 271-page book called Create Your Own Architecture, to help guide you through erecting your own designs, or reinterpreting favourites.
5 Mixed Animals by BCXSY
An elephant with wings? A pig with antlers? From mutant animals and monsters to teddy bears, you can assemble all kinds of plush toys with these pieces that link together with magnets hidden inside each component. Available in black and white, the handmade components range from shells to ears and tails.