Building with Meccano

Inspiring engineers, designers, architects and creative minds for over 100 years, Meccano is more than just a toy. Specifically targeting STEM before it was cool, these assemblies build concentration, mechanical aptitude, an understanding of simple machines, fine motor skills, and confidence.

You learn how things work – from motors, to machinery, to hydronics to programming.

A friend of ours credits hours of playing with Meccano for helping develop an understanding of machinery and comfort and confidence using tools, which led to a remarkable career in a complicated field (and the ability to figure out just about anything).

You can follow the directions to complete the design(s) of a particular kit, or a single item. But it doesn’t end there – you can disassemble and use your creativity and imagination to build your own models.

Here is an example of how it works: The kit in the photo above makes 5 different models, and this is one of them:

It’s actually really fun, and teaches you skills at the same time. The best part is that there are many kit options, from the inexpensive to the complex. We want them all!

To Consider

  • What age group or technical aptitude is your child? The sets are divided by ages 5+, 8/9+ and 10+ (see below)
  • Is this intended as a toy, model, or a construction set for progressive learning?
  • The kits can be a bit complex for a new beginner, so depending on your child, perhaps buying a kit for a younger age to start, or be ready to lend a hand until they get the hang of it
  • Budget – there are small inexpensive kits, or bigger comprehensive kits for hours and hours of inventing.
  • Are you a grandparent looking to spoil (and perhaps play with) your grandkids? 🙂

TIP: Set your kid up for building somewhere the parts will not easily be lost or fall down a drain or register! There are LOTS of small pieces.

MECCANO Ages 5+

Truckin’ Tractor

  • 4 model kit
  • Includes: 87 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • Snap on connectors and clipping screws make it easier for younger kids
  • No batteries required

Meccano Junior Toolbox, Pullback Race Car

  • 5 model kit
  • Real working vehicles, just pull back and go. Self-rolling wheels.
  • Includes: 61 parts, 2 real tools, 1 pullback motor,1 plastic toolbox,1 instruction Booklet
  • No batteries required
  • Storage box included

Mighty Cycles

  • 3 model kit
  • Includes: 49 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Instruction Booklet
  • Snap on connectors and clipping screws make it easier for younger kids
  • No batteries required

Rescue Fire Truck

  • 1 model kit
  • Includes: 150 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • Has a moving ladder with lights and sounds
  • 3AAA batteries needed, not included

Building Kit with Tools

  • Open-ended play (it does include instructions for 3 models)
  • Including 150 parts, 2 tools and instructions for 3 models
  • Snap on connectors and parts to make it easier for younger kids
  • No batteries needed

MECCANO AGES 8/9+

Space Quest 8+

  • 15 model kit
  • Moving gantry, with anodized metal parts
  • Reassembles into 14 other interstellar vehicles
  • 11.5″ tall x 3.25″ wide x 4″ wide
  • Includes: 260 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • No batteries needed

Meccano Desert Adventure Set 8+

  • 20 model kit
  • Real-life shock absorber cushions
  • 20 different models, ranging from an enduring desert buggy to a chase helicopter
  • Includes: 263 Parts, 2 real tools, Metallic Coloured Parts, 1 instruction sheet
  • No batteries required

Roadster Pull Back Car Building Kit 8+

  • 5 model kit
  • Working front scoop, pull back car (pull back and release to make the car go)
  • Includes: 174 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • Reviews are mixed, some say it’s not great, some love it. Overall nearly 2,300 reviewers gave it 4.5 stars
  • No batteries required

Micronoid Programmable Robot 8+

  • Novice-level building kit
  • Push-button coding and free software allow kids to custom program their robot
  • Can be programmed to turn, tumble and smash through obstacles
  • 8 modes:  answers yes/no questions, will dance to music if played nearby, whistles, laughs and even passes gas (come on, that’s funny)
  • If you buy another Micronoid they will interact together (three models: Red Socket , Green Switch, and Blue Basher)
  • Batteries required (not included)
  • 139 parts, 1 motorized micro module, 2 hand tools, 1 instruction guide

Motorized Off Road Racer 9+

  • 25 model kit
  • Includes: 406 Parts, 4.5V Electrical Motor, 2 Real Tools, 1 Instruction Sheet
  • 3AA batteries required (not included)

MECCANO AGES 10+

Super Construction Set: 25-In-1 Motorized Building Set

  • 25 building models: parts can be used to rebuild a helicopter, a buggy crane or make your own design
  • Real working vehicle: build a motorized crane with a 6V electrical motor, with a rotary body and extendable hook
  • Includes: 638 pieces, 6V electrical motor, 3 real tools, 1 instruction sheet (for 11 models)
  • 4 AA batteries needed (not included)

John Deere 380G Excavator with Working Hydraulics

  • 3 working hydraulic cylinders and pistons
  • Moving arm with three points of articulation
  • Accurate model with moving treads and a cab that swivels and rotates 360 degrees
  • 2 feet long
  • Includes: 685 Parts, 2 Real Tools, 1 Sticker Sheet, 1 Instruction Sheet for 1 Model
  • Authentic replica of the John Deere model

Building Kit with Animatronics for Engineering and Robotics

  • Building kit for unlimited options with a re-usable case
  • Construct your own creations and animate them using a real motor
  • Included a multi-spaced hole-punch, edge guide, screw gauge and scorer, making it easy to create with cardboard, foam, plastic etc.
  • Use the instructions to create one way, and the blueprints (included) to create entirely new builds
  • Includes: 196 Parts, 1 Motor, 1 Maker Tool, 8 Blueprints, 1 Instruction Manual
  • 3 AAA batteries needed, not included

Programmable Personal Robot (MECCANOID)

  • Meccanoid XL (4 Feet Tall)
  • The 2016 award winning Innovative Toy Of The Year
  • Comes with over one thousand phrases and voice recognition, like “Walk Forward”. You can even program it to recognize unlimited user-recorded voice commands.
  • Capable to capture your motions and even mimic them
  • Allows multiple ways to build! Rebuild your Meccanoid as a dinosaur, a dog or anything else
  • Program its motions manually by hitting a record button, moving the robot’s arms around and then watching it repeat those movements
  • Eight (8) Motors for realistic movements in arms and head
  • Free app from Google Play or AppStore. Works with iOS and Android
  • 8 channel micro controller with 64Mb of flash.
  • Open Source Programming
  • 800mAh NiMH Battery and charger included.
  • Includes: 1223 Parts, 1 AC/DC Wall Mount Charger, 1 Rechargeable 1800mAh NiMH Battery, 1 MeccabrainTM, 1 LED Module, 2 Hand Tools, 8 Servos, 2 Rear Wheel asembly, 2 Motor Gearbox Assembly