Straws & Connectors
This simple and versatile building set is easy for even young kids to use, and you can create anything from graceful arcs to sharp corners or Noah's Ark to the Empire State Building (according to our testers!). Both sets consist of "straws," which resemble drinking straws, except they are much sturdier plastic, and "connectors," which are six-sided connectors with pegs that fit into the straws. The straws and connectors come in five different colors. The set of 230 contains 130 straws and 100 connectors, and the set of 705 pieces contains 390 straws and 315 connectors. A new set of 400 includes 232 straws, 168 connectors, and an illustrated guide, all in a fun hexagonal package. Building ideas are included in both sets, and if you run out of your own ideas, check out www.strawsandconnectors.com for more!