>> Thursday, September 10, 2015
I think by now most parents know about the whole magnetic blocks craze, right? We were given a small set of Magformers when Ada turned two, and we’ve been hooked on them ever since. In fact, we expanded our fleet last spring. Out of all of Ada’s toys, the Magformers have stayed in the rotation, growing with her as she as gone from toddler to preschooler (and I’m sure well beyond).
Magformers recently contacted me to see if we’d be interested in doing a review of their 100-piece Inspire set. Since we’ve been buying and using their brand for years, I felt it would be a good fit for the blog + something I’d love to share with you. The set comes with 13 different geometric shapes, including diamonds, sectors, arches, mini sectors, super squares, super triangles, super sectors, super arches, and mini arches.
It’s also features . . .
- BPA-free plastic
- "Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity"
- Compatability with all other Magformers sets
- Fun pastel colors
I’ve purchased other types of magnetic tiles before, and -- as I wrote on Instagram -- I wasn’t impressed. We’re definitely solidified as a Magformers family by now. I especially like that the blocks are open for easy handling, which makes them good for a wide range of ages. Oh, and Ada had a ball with the larger blocks in this set since we’d never played with them before. Heck, I think Stephen and I enjoy making things with them as much (if not more so!) as Ada does.
Of course, Ada's really into pink and purple these days (they were my favorites at age 4). So, she likes to build all pink thinks or all purple things. She’s also tried cramming her Barbies into the castle. It doesn’t work out so well, but we’ve built a few large towers that
Above anything else, we all love the multicolor light-up pieces! You can have them go through a rainbow of colors or switch them on to just one. They are rechargeable using your computer and a USB cable.
Seriously. The first time we used them, we all Ooooooooooo’ed and Ahhhhhhhhh’ed.
Here’s just some of the different shapes. (Ada wouldn’t give up the rest!)
The set also comes with a handy instruction book with lots of design ideas. We made a lot of them, but then Ada wanted to go rogue and build a barn for some of her figurines. I love watching her creativity when she plays with Magformers. And she’s definitely engaging in more than simple play -- her fine motor skills are getting a workout. She’s also getting some basic geometry, among other concepts.
OK. They are also just FUN.
(Pieces from our other sets -- classic rainbow -- are also mixed in:)
Cleanup is a breeze with these guys. We have a bin in our living room and just toss them in there each night. Come to think of it, the Magformers are the only toy we keep on the main level of our house. And that’s probably because you’ll always catch our guests playing with them, too. (My father-in-law is a huge fan.) And when we choose toys to bring on vacation, we always bring along a good number of these.
The kind folks at Magformers are giving away a 62-piece Rainbow Set (!!!) to one lucky reader!
Simply leave a comment with your name, an email address (or other method of contact), what you’d build with your child, and check back next Friday (9/18) for the winner who will be chosen using a random number generator.
PS: You can connect with Magformers on Facebook.
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