Lego blocks are not just for toddlers. Lego has this whole series for the older kids and their parents. Lego City!!! Construct cars, people, airplanes, houses, image a city and you can build it. Each item generally comes in a package. If you are starting out, start with something simple like this car shown in the picture. The details are amazing. The door opens, there is steering wheel, windshield and a seat. The man has hair-piece, a suitcase and can stand or sit. With under 50 pieces for the construction, the endeavor can be completed quickly. As the kid build confidence, try more complicated construction.
Several Lego City versions are available online at amazon.com