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Tinkertoy GIVEAWAY to Celebrate 100 Years

Can you believe that Tinkertoys is turning 100 this year?! To celebrate this great milestone, I am doing a Tinkertoy Giveaway of a special 100 piece essential set before it hits the stores next month. K’NEX is also launching Tinkertoy’s very own Facebook page!

If you played with Tinkertoys as a child, you’ll notice that it has morphed from wood to plastic.

original tinkertoys, original wooden tinker toys


My son, a rising 2nd grader, saw the box and balked at first at playing with the toy. He saw the little girl on the box and the ages 3+ and thought it was for babies.

Tinker Toy 100 piece set

“Ok,” I told him. “I’ll just give it away then.” Now, he was suddenly intrigued. An hour later, he had constructed a complicated weapon of sorts with the set. The pieces were all over the living room.

Tinkertoys for boys, Tinkertoy giveaway

What’s great about Tinker Toys of any iteration is that they are truly building toys for any age and tools for the imagination. And you’d think 100 pieces would be plenty but I have to say that he felt like he needed more. A lot more!

To win this set of Tinker Toys, please enter the Rafflecopter:

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This is not a sponsored post. I received the 100 Piece Tinker Toy set to review and am thrilled to be giving away the same set to one of my readers. 

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. We reviewed imitation Tinker Toys a few years back, and they were fine but didn’t quite measure up to the real thing. So eventually I gave them away – and my 5yo is still broken-hearted! I guess I need to get him some REAL Tinker Toys!

    Legos, blocks, and really any other construction toys are a hit at our house!
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    • Hi MaryAnne,
      I wonder what kids would think of the old wooden ones versus the new plastic ones? It’s hard me to think of Tinkertoys as colorful plastic but it seems to have the same qualities as the old version. Legos are popular for us and K’NEX kits are very, very popular and keeping my son off screens.
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  2. Oh these are fantastic! I can see where it would keep damian and natasha busy for hours. Thanks for hosting. I didn’t know a colorful version existed. I always remembered it as being wood. definitely entered.
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  3. My grandchildren are not quite at the tinker toy stage yet, but you can bet that I will be buying them as gifts. Right now they are still at the block and large lego stage

  4. Christina

    My daughter loves blocks and lego.

  5. Oh my gosh, I hadn’t heard of tinker toys in a million and 2 years.


    Nice to see them making come back.

    My kids build with legos. They also build the wooden trains sets.
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    • Hi Lisa,
      I didn’t realize that Tinkertoys were 100 years old; it seemed like just a few decades ago when I played with my small set! I’m glad their are reincarnating into colorful plastic and that kids still love them!

      We like wooden trains and legos too! I’m saving my son’s old wooden train set for grandkids! Can’t part with it!
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  6. Dee

    My very first thought was: Oh, Dylan’s too old for this. Then I realized how silly a statement that was. His psychiatrist has them in her office and he makes a beeline for them every single time and remains playing with them while answering her questions. He would love it!
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  7. Lorraine Luizzi

    Tinkertoys were IT for me as a child. Tinkertoys, the games of Uncle Wiggly and checkers, and my “newborn baby doll” were the toys provided by Mom and Dad!
    My own children spent hours playing with tinkertoys. My grandchildren are now ready to carry on the tradition, and I can’t wait to surprise them with a set.
    Meanwhile, I didn’t realize that plastic has replaced the iconic wooden set.

  8. Justine

    I love building and creating toys. We have Widgets, bristle blocks, duplos, and Legos. It would be wonderful to add some Tinker Toys.

  9. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    I am ALL OVER this giveaway! My kids LOVE Tinkertoys although they also like just these plain foam blocks we have as well. And, Legos of course! Thanks for this giveaway.
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  10. Erin

    Kids and grown up kids love to build, don’t they. When my older brothers come over I am not sure who is having more fun with the Lego…them, or my two boys! Not only has Tinkertoys morphed into plastic but so has Mechano…remember that activity set?

    • Hi Erin,
      I think being parents gives us license to play again with toys and read children’s books but in the same way, playing with younger kids gives older kids a chance to play with “baby” toys. And they have so much fun it’s too bad they need a “cover.” My kids are the same way!
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  11. Valerie

    My kids love building with legos.

  12. My boys love Legos. They’ve never built with Tinkertoys, but I have a feeling they would love them!
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  13. My nephews like plain old wooden blocks!
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  14. Asianmommy

    My girls are into the pink Legos.
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  15. Pick me! Pick me! I love Tinkertoys and my boys don’t have any yet. They are such a great, classic toy.
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  16. Jeanna

    My daughter loves her plain old blocks!

  17. This story was submitted as part of the 100 Toys Project at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Vote for your favorite and share a toy memory through Aug. 17, 2012.
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