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Building Manipulatives

Play centered around building and construction offers a rich opportunity for early math, science, and STEAM learning, as well as the development of social, emotional, language, motor, and cognitive skills. Encourage these creative learning explorations with Kaplan’s selection of building manipulatives.

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Image of Snap Block Animals - 33 Pieces
Snap Block Animals - 33 Pieces
Item: 37452
Status: In Stock
$81.95
3 years & up. Children can build wild animals or create imaginative creatures using the Snap Block Animals set. Chunky, beechwood blocks lightly painted in natural shades, with a matte finish, are complete with metal snap hardware. Metal snaps hold tight for additional dramatic play opportunities using built block creatures. Set includes 33 blocks and 5 double-sided build cards.
Image of Little Pavers Block Builders - 60 Pieces
Little Pavers Block Builders - 60 Pieces
Item: 35496
Status: In Stock
$69.95
2 years & up. Increase the authenticity of your child's open-ended building experience with these weighted Little Pavers - 60 piece set. Children 2 and up will incorporate these hexagonal miniature pavers into unique architectural builds while stacking, creating patterns and using natural, loose parts. The matte surface texture supports indoor and outdoor play. Set includes 10 double-sided concept cards that serve as creative inspiration to further the hands-on buildling experience. Use with… More »
Image of Tabletop Notch Blocks - Western
Tabletop Notch Blocks - Western
Item: 37454P
Status: In Stock
$92.95 - $136.95
3 years & up. Children can experience Western-inspired architecture, indoors and outdoors, using the Notch Blocks Western set. Plastic, neutral-colored blocks feature notched parts that easily connect for strong, detailed builds. Using included ladders and bridge pieces, children can build different structures with varying elevated platforms and span natural elements. Set includes 10 double-sided build cards. Available in sets of 85 pieces or 129 pieces.
Image of Tabletop Notch Blocks - Eastern
Tabletop Notch Blocks - Eastern
Item: 37640P
Status: In Stock
$92.95 - $136.95
3 years & up. Children can experience Eastern-inspired architecture, indoors and outdoors, building with the Notch Blocks Eastern set. Solid plastic, neutral-colored blocks feature notched parts that easily connect for strong, detailed builds. Using included ladders and bridge pieces, children can build different structures with varying elevated platforms and span natural elements. Set includes 10 double-sided build cards. Available in 87 pieces or 132 pieces.
Image of Branch Blocks - 36 Pieces
Branch Blocks - 36 Pieces
Item: 91332
Status: Temporarily Out of Stock
$46.95
$39.95
3 years & up. Give block play a natural feel with our Branch Blocks. The intact textured bark on each building piece adds sensory exploration mirroring the organic benefits of outdoor play. These blocks empower children to construct all sorts of structures and develop key STEM skills such as sorting and stacking. The blocks' nature-inspired design will also deepen childrens´┐Ż appreciation of nature and may even make them feel like they are constructing their own habitats. Includes 36 wood pieces.
Image of PowerClix® Frames Natural - 74 Piece Set
PowerClix® Frames Natural - 74 Piece Set
Item: 32460
Status: In Stock
$154.95
4 years & up. PowerClix® Naturals integrate elements of natural play and loose parts theory with the innovative STEM toy building platform of PowerClix®. With organic, neutral colors, Naturals encourages children to build architectural constructions using familiar shapes. In keeping with STEM toy attributes, PowerClix® magnetic building toys encourage children to think like engineers while having fun. Children can build unlimited 3D forms by visualizing the underlying design structure… More »
Image of PowerClix® Solids Education Set - 94 Pieces
PowerClix® Solids Education Set - 94 Pieces
Item: 31647
Status: In Stock
$172.95
3 years & up. Explore and build endless 3-D models with this easy click and connect system. Colorful translucent plastics and unique geometric shapes allow for open-ended, creativity-inspired constructions. The activity guide gives young builders step-by-step instruction on how to create a variety of models while teaching them the basics of science, construction and engineering. 94 piece set.
Image of Double-Sided Roadway System - 42 Piece Set
Double-Sided Roadway System - 42 Piece Set
Item: 36787
Status: In Stock
$114.95
2 years & up. Enhance creative, loose parts play with this Double-Sided Roadway System. Children can use the varied sizes and shapes to create countless roadway configurations. MDF laminate puzzle pieces feature screened details on both sides and are scaled to fit with Unit Blocks, increasing dramatic play opportunities. Set features 5 double-sided inspiration cards, providing examples of possible layouts and unique themes, furthering build opportunities. Set includes 42 roadway pieces. Additional… More »
Image of Interlox Squares - 40 Piece Set
Interlox Squares - 40 Piece Set
Item: 35347
Status: In Stock
$10.95
2 years & up. Add a new dimension to manipulative play with this 40 piece set. Simply clip the edges together to create an unlimited array of constructions. Build people, buildings, animals and more. Explore symmetry versus asymmetry, discover color combinations. Strengthens design, structure and balance skills. Enhance the designs by creating them on top of a light table. Includes a build guide.
Image of Big Branch Block Builders - 125 Piece Set
Big Branch Block Builders - 125 Piece Set
Item: 37463
Status: In Stock
$189.95
3 years & up. Children can experience a nature-inspired, tactile building experience indoors and outdoors with Big Branch Block Builders. Real branches in various lengths feature notched sides for perpendicularly stacked builds. Special parts create window frame and roof details. The unrefined wood and real branch material wears over time, revealing cause and effect behaviors and natural evolution to children. Authentic marks, spots and imperfections in the wood pieces provide a natural appearance… More »
Image of Notch Builders Storage Cart
Notch Builders Storage Cart
Item: 32881
Status: In Stock
$425.95
Transport your Notch Blocks inside and outside the classroom easily with the spacious, durable Notch Blocks Storage Cart. Barrel bolt construction keeps the wide, solid wood cart sturdy when holding all of your Notch Blocks. Features freely rotating, u-bracket casters for easy movement in any direction. Cleats on the top of the cart provides additional piece storage. Ships ready to assemble. Store in a cool, dry place. Measures 32.5"W x 27"H x 18"D. Notch Builders sold separately.
Image of Magic Connectors Building Set - 90 Pieces
Magic Connectors Building Set - 90 Pieces
Item: 86913
Status: In Stock
$37.95
3 years & up. Magic Connectors feature brightly colored pieces that snap together to create fun, free-form designs and letter shapes. These uniquely-shaped connectors enhance gross and fine motor skills through the creative building. Encourage children to build their own unique figures. Use these pieces in a lesson about shapes, and assign children a shape to build afterward. Longest piece measures 3". Included: 75 Connectors, 6 Wheels, 9 Spokes, and Storage Box.
Image of Translucent Connecting Tubes
Translucent Connecting Tubes
Item: 30641
Status: In Stock
$37.95
3 years & up. These easy-fit tubes are a wonderful manipulative to use alone or add extra excitement by introducing them to the light table or sand and water table. Just add a child's imagination and their natural desire to explore and see what happens! Stored in a sturdy, stackable container that measures 12"L x 7"W x 6"H. 80 pieces included.
Image of Connecting Balls Building Set - 140 Pieces
Connecting Balls Building Set - 140 Pieces
Item: 30647
Status: In Stock
$35.95
$28.50
3 years & up. Endless construction possibilities, bright fluorescent colors, easy-to-connect pieces, all add up to fun. This 140 piece set consists of 5 different shapes in 5 assorted colors. Includes a sturdy, stackable container that measures 12"L x 7" W" x 6"H.
Image of Clip Sticks & Connectors - 460 Pieces
Clip Sticks & Connectors - 460 Pieces
Item: 31497
Status: In Stock
$35.95
3 years & up. From simple designs to more engineering marvels, these simple sticks connect from end to end or along any side. Add rings to make movement and added interest, the possibilities are endless.This large set includes 36 sticks (2.75"L) in 10 colors, 4 large rings (2" in diameter) and 6 small rings (1.5" in diameter) in 10 colors. 460 pieces.
Image of Tube Construction - 72 Pieces
Tube Construction - 72 Pieces
Item: 30652
Status: In Stock
$35.95
3 years & up. This unique building set adds a new dimension to tube construction -- wheels! Children can build endless tube designs and add wheels to make them move. Easy-fit construction, this set includes 26 straight tubes, 26 shaped tubes, 6 tubes, 6 cross tubes, 8 wheels in assorted vibrant colors for a total of 72 pieces. This set also comes in a durable stackable storage container.
Image of LEGO® Classic Creative Transparent and Solid Bricks - 11013
LEGO® Classic Creative Transparent and Solid Bricks - 11013
Item: 144760
Status: In Stock
$39.95
4 years & up. Add sparkle to kids' LEGO® creations with this LEGO® Classic Creative Transparent Bricks playset, featuring a colorful selection of translucent pieces. Kids can choose from 8 glistening build ideas, from a wizard with his potion bottles to a shiny, tea-serving robot. And with extra bricks in the box, kids can create whatever they can imagine, developing key life skills as they build and play. Kids can add a sparkle to their creations with this awesome playset - 8 fun model… More »
Image of Little Bricks Construction Set - 60 Pieces
Little Bricks Construction Set - 60 Pieces
Item: 33942
Status: In Stock
$71.95
3 years & up. Practice architectural theories, model scales and engineering with this 60 piece Little Bricks set. Included are 10 double-sided concept cards to give ideas for specific structures. Textured TPR plastic and weighted metal interior is scaled to miniature brick size for architectural building. Build models and scenery for pretend play, stop motion videos and more. Perfect for indoor and outdoor play. The four color gradients of the bricks provide an authentic building experience.… More »
Image of Transparent Marble Run
Transparent Marble Run
Item: 84211
Status: In Stock
$56.95
3 years & up. Roll your way into a good time with this marbulous-marble run! The durable, transparent pieces allow children to visually track the entire course of their marble as it makes its journey through several fun twists and turns. This Transparent Marble Run promotes fine motor skills, spatial relationships, logic, and STEM skills. The colorful pieces can fit together multiple ways, so children can design them differently each time. Have children drop the marbles in at different points… More »
Image of Makit Woodbuilders - 70 Pieces
Makit Woodbuilders - 70 Pieces
Item: 22025
Status: In Stock
$34.95
3 years & up. This 70 piece set includes large easy to manipulate pieces made of smooth sanded hardwood. Full of multi-colored pieces including connector rods and circles. This engaging kit lets your little one be the inventor for hours of fun. Set comes in a sturdy, storage container. Longest rod is 4.5" long.
Image of Magna-Tiles® 100-Piece Clear Colors Set
Magna-Tiles® 100-Piece Clear Colors Set
Item: 48099
Status: In Stock
$144.95
3 years & up. These translucent, colorful shaped magnetic tiles teach spatial relationships, math, logic, and problem-solving through creative building! The tiles attract on all sides and in all combinations, helping children move from two-dimensional to three-dimensional creations. This unbreakable set contains 50 Small Squares, 4 Large Squares, 15 Isosceles Triangles, 11 Right Triangles and 20 Equilateral Triangles.
Image of K'NEX® Introduction to Simple Machines: Gears - 7 Model Builds
K'NEX® Introduction to Simple Machines: Gears - 7 Model Builds
Item: 25251
Status: In Stock
$69.95
Grades 2 & up. Hands-on Investigation Kit supports building a variety of real-world models that demonstrate science and technology concepts. Students will explore through hands-on investigation concepts such as gearing up/down and increasing speed/force as they build crank fans, egg beaters and more. Includes building instructions for 6 different models with real-life photo and key facts. Complete set includes building materials in a sturdy divided case, teaching resource CD (with teaching notes,… More »
Image of Wooden Marble Run Race Track - 81 Pieces
Wooden Marble Run Race Track - 81 Pieces
Item: 148224
Status: In Stock
$39.95
3 years & up. Prepare for some marble speed racing with this Do-It-Yourself block set! This Marble Run Race Track is made of wood and includes everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind marble track! Track includes a jump, bell-bucket, spiral funnel and a sliding track for your 20 marbles to get through. Build the towers and tracks, then send your marbles rolling down through all the trick, twists and surprises! Includes 81 pcs.
Image of IO Blocks® - 500 Piece Set
IO Blocks® - 500 Piece Set
Item: 32171
Status: In Stock
$165.95
4 years & up. Create a limitless world of people, animals, architecture, robots, vehicles and more! This set is comprised of 12 unique plastic shapes and features six colors. IO Blocks connect with secure, yet easily adjustable friction fit and features a beautiful matte finish. The high-quality design of IO Blocks offers open-ended building possibilities and problem solving, puzzle-like qualities. Great for Parents and Educators interested in STEM skill development. Free IO App available from… More »