Yes, our kids are obsessed with those colorful bricks too. But, if you want to reach outside of the LEGO box, look no further. We found eight innovative building sets that range from structural wonders to stack ’em up fun. Flip through the album below and get ready to build. 

Marvelous Marbles

We love this bamboo-wood marble run from Fat Brain Toys. Each set (choose from 78, 119, 127, or 168 pieces) features carbonized tracks, colorful cylinders, and sustainable wood powder spirals, plus 30 marbles and rope rings to keep kids from losing their marbles. Budding engineers can build their own run from the ground up, or use a pre-designed track from the instruction book to encourage three-dimensional thinking and creative problem-solving skills. A marble metropolis is totally possible!  

Age: 4 & up.

Available at, $49.95 and up.

What is your mini builder’s favorite non-LEGO building set?

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— Gabby Cullen & Sommy Rhee