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. 

Playground Rules

Kids can construct their own designs or use the provided blueprints to build a playground with over 100 colorful plastic pieces in this new set from Learning Resources. There’s a swing set, a twisty slide, a seesaw, and more. We especially like the 10 double-sided challenge cards that ask questions and help your kid think outside of the box.

Age: 5 & up.

Available at, $23.99.

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

All images courtesy retailers.

— Gabby Cullen & Sommy Rhee