Reviewed for Second Grade, 2007

Got a budding architect under the roof? Give her the tools to build the house of her dreams. This kit comes equipped with over 700 pieces and instructions for three very different models. The houses are quite complex-- with everything from hinged garages, to rain gutters and dormer windows. Kids not only practice counting, sequencing, and fine motor skills, they'll also absorb lessons in symmetry and spacial reasoning, so that they can imagine their own models. It's fun and challenging for kids-- just try to keep those parental paws off of it! (Lego, $49.99)