10 of the best LEGO sets

LEGO and LEGO DUPLO sets children of all ages and stages will love.

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LEGO sets are brilliant for boosting children’s building skills, co-ordination, patience and concentration. Of course, from a parent’s perspective, they can help keep them busy when your hands are full. They also offer the opportunity for you to get stuck in with them, so you can build something together.

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The building bricks are a classic toy and LEGO sets in particular are popular choices for children and adults alike. Although notoriously pricey compared to other toys, there are some really imaginative options to get kids involved in building and there’s always plenty of collaborations with some of their favourites characters too.

From Frozen castles and superhero cars to STEAM kits and exploding volcanoes, there should be something suitable to get your little one excited. Below, we explain which set is suitable for their age group and round up 10 popular kits we think they’ll love.

If you’re after other fun things to get kids away from screens and playing creatively, we’ve found some of the best board games for kids as well as the best spy kits and garden toys.

What ages are LEGO sets suitable for?

There are various LEGO sets available which are designed for a range of children’s age brackets, depending on what they should be able to manage. The regular LEGO sets will tend to be suited to those age 16 and over into adulthood.

These are the different collections designed specifically for children:

  • LEGO DUPLO – for 18 months and up
  • LEGO Juniors – for ages 4 to 7
  • LEGO City – for ages 5 to 12
  • LEGO Friends – for ages 6 to 12
  • LEGO Ninjago – for ages 7 to 14
  • LEGO Creator – for ages 7 to 16
  • LEGO Technic – for ages 8 to 16

10 of the best LEGO sets for kids

1. LEGO DUPLO My First Truck, £16.99

Age: 18 months to 5 years

This 29-piece DUPLO set builds into a moving food truck. It comes with a market stall, a crate, food bricks, 2 mini figures and a white cat.

It’s a really ‘proper’ build for small hands and offers tip-top play possibilities once assembled. Children can play shopkeeper and delivery driver and enjoy mix-and-match fun with the different coloured pairs of food bricks.

Previous buyers of the set mentioned that children had particularly enjoyed playing with it, saying kids “loved it” and were “happy” with their new toy. One parent who bought it for their children added that “it entertains them for hours.”

Available from: Amazon

2. LEGO Nexo Knights General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom, £104.99

Age: 8+

This 516-piece set builds into a siege machine with spiked wheels, catapults, monster teeth and a disc shooter. There are 3 shields included (which you can scan for a related free app game), 3 mini figures and various accessories including stuff to fire from those catapults.

Some LEGO gets built quickly, but this one should keep kids occupied for a little longer, especially once they can start catapulting.

The set went down well with previous buyers and scored an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. One reviewer described it as “a great set. A lot of rare and unique pieces go into it, so it’s well worth it.”

Another, who bought the kit for their grandson, added that, “the diagrams and instructions are clear,” and that it “teaches coordination and construction skills.”

Available from: Amazon

3. LEGO City Volcano Exploration Base, £159.99

Age: 8 to 12

This set has a total of 824 pieces and features a ‘mobile operations centre’, an excavator, a wheeled dumper, a drone with spinning rotors and a volcano that actually erupts. There are 6 mini figures and accessories including boulders, a camera, a pickaxe and a walkie talkie included, so plenty to keep kids busy.

The interactive nature of this kit is one of the major draws and it scored 4.6 stars out of 5 from over 200 Amazon reviews.

One parent who bought the sought-after kit as a gift for their 6 year old son said it was “his absolute best present” and that “it took him a day and a half to build.” Another parent added that their child also, “loves it”, adding that it was a “great set including volcanic magma to fling about the place.”

Available from: Amazon

4. LEGO Juniors Iron Man vs. Loki, £29.95

Age: 4 to 7

Ideal for superhero fans, this simple 6-piece Marvel set features Iron Man’s car, with rolling wheels and a cosmic-cube container. There’s even Iron Man and Loki min figures included along with a magic sceptre.

The car has a larger base piece to make assembly a bit easier for younger fingers and the popular characters should help this set be a hit with children.

One parent who chose this for their child who is a “fan of Ironman” said, “he plays with the set daily” and described it as a “good build and easy for him to make.”

Available from: Amazon

5. LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Frozen Sparkling Ice Castle, £75.95

Age: 6 to 12

A 292-piece LEGO recreation of everyone’s favourite movie castle. Elsa, Anna and Olaf figures are included as well as skis, ice skates, glittery wall elements, decorative stickers, 2 capes, a tiara, a hair bow and – of course – a carrot nose for Olaf.

There are lots of extra bits and pieces with this set which should go down brilliantly with Frozen fans. There’s even a disappearing ‘secret’ staircase and princess-worthy snowmobile.

This set was extremely popular on Amazon and scored 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 1300 reviews, although a couple of parents did comment that the set was smaller than they had expected.

Reviewers seemed happy with the final put together set, with one reviewer saying that “once built [it is] easily carried to play and doesn’t fall apart. Quite sturdy,” while another added that their daughter was “over the moon” with the toy.

Available from: Amazon

6. LEGO DUPLO STEAM Park, £179.99

Age: 3 to 5

This set is designed to inspire children to create and investigate by engaging them early on in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths). This Duplo set has larger bricks than traditional Lego which can be fiddly for younger children.

The set can create a range of moving rides such as carousels and slides as well as being used to build various play scenes. There are 295 parts which can be used in countless configurations. This set also includes 5 activity idea cards as well as access to 6 online lessons with a STEAM teacher.

Available from: Lego

7. LEGO Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype, £95

Age: 8 to 14

This 355-piece set builds into The Inquisitor’s top secret starship, packed with advanced technology, like folding wings, 2 spring-loaded shooters and an opening top hatch. It comes with 3 minifigures and assorted weapons, including blaster pistols and, of course, a double-sided lightsaber.

The LEGO Star Wars range has some really impressive pieces and is easier to play with than some of the more advanced Star Wars kits, with the foldable wings, minifigures and blaster pistols.

Previous buyers were impressed with how straight-forward the set was to assemble as well as with the included weapons for playing with. “Nothing too challenging (for me or the 6 yr old),” said one parent who also praised the quality of the kit, “once built the set is very solid, even after a crash landing from a bunk bed.”

Available from: Amazon

8. LEGO DUPLO Deluxe Box Of Fun, £72.47

Age: 18 months to 5 years

This big box is filled with 95 brightly-coloured DUPLO pieces, including 2 figures, a turtle, a rabbit, a wagon base, 2 window elements, and a door.

The variety of blocks in this particular set is perfect for growing minds, especially as it includes numbered blocks. As with all DUPLO bricks, they’re easy to grasp and move around and the LEGO-shaped storage box is great for keeping everything packed away together.

Scoring an impressive 4.8 out 5 stars from over 800 Amazon reviews, this set has gone down well with previous buyers. Reviewers praised the diversity of the box’s contents as well as the handy storage box.

“Pieces are just the perfect size for my 19 month old. She has improved her fine motor skills,” said one parent while another added that it was a “great starter system. Storage box is great too.”

Available from: Amazon

9. LEGO Creator Lighthouse Point, £137.83

Age: 8 to 12

This  528-piece set becomes a lighthouse (complete with light brick) and a lightkeeper’s cottage. It can be rebuilt to create a house with pier and speedboat or a boathouse, too. There are 2 minifigures, an orca and 2 seagulls included.

One great feature on this set is that it actually lights up and the fact that that it can be rebuilt into multiple scenes is ideal for getting value for money and keeping kids busy. There’s also an interactive 3D app you can download, which provides building instructions.

Previous buyers praised the set and how well it could be put together. “A great set for someone just getting into Lego,” said one reviewer while another added that it was a “a fun build. Light brick is a great feature.”

Available from: Amazon

10. LEGO Creator Future Flyers, £109.95

Age: 7 to 12

This 237-piece set builds into a 3-in-1 Future Flyers robot. It remodels as a futuristic jet with forward sweeping wings or a sports car with spoiler, too.

All 3 of this set’s configurations are a good size (the robot is 17cm tall, and both the jet and the car over 14cm long). The robot also has moving joints and armoured shoulder pads.

The multi-purpose nature of this toy went down well with parents and the product scored 4.6 out of 5 stars overall from over 150 reviews. One parent of a 7 year old said he, “completed it independently [with] easy, visually clear instructions.” Another liked that, “you get three different toys from one LEGO box” and said, “the robot is quite good looking with a lot of detail.”

Available from: Amazon

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