What is K'NEX?

K'Nex is an innovative construction toy system invented by American Joel Glickman. It was first introduced in America in 1992. K'Nex is designed and produced by K'Nex Industries Inc. of Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

The toy's building system consists of interlocking plastic rods, connectors, blocks, gears, wheels, and other components, which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines, and architectural structures. 

K'Nex can be used to construct innumerable creations because many different pieces can interlock at different angles and directions. From miniature cows to complete table sets to roller coasters, many objects and contraptions in various sizes can be constructed. Because K'Nex pieces are made of a strong plastic and interlock, these constructs are usually quite sturdy.

Winner of over 430 international awards and recognitions, K'NEX has become one of the world's leading integrated construction systems for children of every age group and skill level. K'NEX continuously focuses on "Building Worlds Kids Love", and encourages youngsters to "IMAGINE, BUILD and PLAY."

Why build with K’NEX Education®?

STEM Building Toys

K’NEX Education® offers a wide variety of STEM building toys that are ideal for both classroom or home use. Boys and girls of all ages and skill levels can boost their knowledge of STEM subjects with these building toys that include hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, curriculum concepts are easy to find in almost every K’NEX Education building toys set through teacher guides and lesson plans written and tested by renowned educators in classrooms across the globe.

STEM Concepts - Discover, Explore, Think, Solve

The K'NEX educational building toys teach STEM concepts through hands-on problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning and critical thinking. K’NEX Education® products are aligned to the US and UK national standards, and the inquiry-based lessons challenge students as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss and evaluate scientific and design principles in action. 

By playing K'Nex with other children, boys and girls of all ages will also learn valuable social skills that will benefit them in the real world as they get older. They’ll learn how to share with other kids as well as how to work together to accomplish a common goal.

Delivering Across All Grade Levels

From Pre-K through 12th grade, we’re with you every step of the way. K’NEX Education® provides 3D STEM learning tools to engage and excite students of all ages. STEM educators of all grade levels love K’NEX Education® building toys since they can help kids to develop their physical dexterity, fine motor skills, and spatial awareness.

 

It’s never too early to start giving kids an edge in STEM with Kid K’NEX toddler building toys. (Kid K'NEX® parts are larger, softer, and chunkier than classic K'NEX rods and connectors, specifically developed for pre-schoolers' little hands). As boys and girls click the color-coded rods and connectors together, they can create a multitude of different moving educational models, inspired by real-world machines that have real-world applications. 

Save Time for Teachers 
Every product from the K’NEX Education® line comes with a comprehensive teacher’s guide, complete with lesson plans as well as suggestions for follow-up work. The easy to follow color-coded instructions grant teachers the ability to direct students to work independently or in groups. The teacher’s guides are available on CD-ROM with a majority of K’NEX Education® products. Furthermore, comprehensive lesson plans with key terms, definitions, workflows, and more are available online to view and download.


These curriculum materials detail how to integrate K'NEX into lessons to teach concepts such as simple machines, space exploration, fractions, potential and kinetic energy, measurement, and more. They conveniently contain multiple K'NEX parts and instructions so multiple students can build and study at the same time.

Less Screen Time - Greater Well-Being
Whether it’s computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, video games, or something else, kids these days are always burying their faces in the bright light of a digital screen. But while some argue that technology can support child development, industry experts suggest that too much screen time could in fact result in a loss of imagination. What's more, studies have found that more hours of screen time are associated with lower well-being in ages 2 to 17. Kids actually LOVE to build and work with their hands. So get your child to put down their phones and tablets and start building! K'Nex toys allow your child to make anything possible. The possibilities are endless with K'Nex. They can build a roller coaster, a race car to compete with their peers, or a windmill that produces renewable energy. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that are included in every one of our sets make it easy for builders to bring their models to life. When your child is able to build something, this builds self-esteem and confidence. It shows your child that their creativity pays off and encourages them to be more creative.

Read more:

- The Independent (UK): How Screen Time is Killing Children's Imagination 

- TIME (US): How to limit screen time and coach imagination to our kids


Prepare Students for the Jobs of the Future
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers play a vital role in the continued growth and stability of our country’s economy. The amount of STEM jobs available are growing at a much faster rate than non-STEM jobs. Studies have found that people that work in STEM earn higher pay, receiving 26 percent more in wages than their non-STEM counterparts. 

 

By building with K’NEX educational products and developing these types of STEM skills at a such a young age, kids will already have a leg up on the competition and put themselves on the path to success.


Use K’NEX to learn about a wide variety of topics such as DNA replication, physics, geometry, robotics, forces like energy and motion, as well as wind, water, and solar energy. The possibilities are virtually limitless! From the living room to the boardroom, we are proud to help build the leaders of tomorrow!

Eco-friendly, High Quality Toys - Made in the USA

K'NEX manufactures rods and connectors at an eco-friendly facility located in Pennsylvania. While a majority of toy products are produced overseas, at K’NEX, we are dedicated to designing and manufacturing in the United States of America, producing more than 39 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system since 1992.


K’NEX is the imagination company building moving edutainment experience. We design our educational building toys for hungry minds of boys and girls everywhere who love and enjoy pushing the boundaries of creativity, by connecting science, engineering, art and imagination. We strive to move fun-powered imaginations forward!

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Obama visits the K'NEX facility  in Hatfield, Pennsylvania to show support for American manufacturing companies in November, 2012. (Photo from: Washington Post)