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Got an aspiring builder on your hands?
Brackitz ($59.95 for a 100-piece set) — small wooden planks that connect to clear plastic brackets — allow for a multitude of creations that won’t sag or tip over as easily as some other sets.
Find sets at store.discovery.com or amazon.com.