Roominate is a new building toy, with dozens of different kinds of pieces that can be combined in dozens of ways. Their website gives examples of dollhouses, bowling alleys, ice cream carts, and zoos, but of course the only limit is imagination. There are lots of discrete pieces to make little appliances like washing machines, but all of the pieces are very generalized. There are no instructions – it’s purely free play, although there are some specific playsets you can buy.
Roominate is trying to get to get girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) studies, but that goes beyond just putting pieces together. There are also electrical engineer packs – kid-safe wires that kids can use to string up lights or power up fans or airplane propellers. Again, anything they can think of is fair game.
Several Roominate sets are available for purchase now from Roominate directly or from one of many toy retailers.