The building set consists of ready-made units that the child assembles with his liking or while following the directives of a book of models. It carries out its hands thus an original toy which it will have in general to dismount to build another of them.
It is a play which develops imagination, the planning of the stages of construction and the manual skill. One finds examples of this type of play as of the XVIIIe century.
It in general consists of wood small planks but it can be also presented in the form of model out of paperboard to cut out: it is under the denomination of " Constructions faciles" , " Large Constructions" , etc that the Imagerie of Épinal publishes of 1890 to 1914 of many boards of this type.
But it is especially at the beginning of the XXe century that the plays with assemblies of metal parts will develop. The best example being the Meccano. The use of the plastic also gave rise to again building sets like the Lego or the K' nex.
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