Magnetic Building Toys

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    Magnetic Building Toys

    Kid playing With Magnets
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    As a young child, the only magnetic toys I remember were plastic letters and numbers that were placed all over the refrigerator and freezer. However, with the STEM toy craze, magnetic building toys offer children of all abilities countless ways to safely engage, play and experiment with polarity by creating simple working machines and stable 3 dimensional structures. 

    Here are some of my favorite magnetic building toys.

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    Build and Imagine Toy Sets

    Build and Imagine

    STEM construction toys for girls, are themed activities that give young girls a way to design, engineer and create. The Build and Imagine toy sets allow kids to use magnetic shapes such as squares and triangles to build marine mammal rescue centers, beach houses and a surf side cafe. Additional magnetic people, animals and accessories can be added to the walls in order to enhance the fun, storytelling, creative play and overall enjoyment.

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    GeoMag Mechanics

    GeoMag Mechanics

    Once children move beyond the concept of polarity and attraction, using a set such as the GeoMag Mechanics set, kids learn to construct with magnets in a way that allows them to magically create simple but functional working machines. The set is intended for children ages 5 and up. Younger children may require adult assistance in order to follow the instructions. Some will enjoy following the steps to create the machine, but for imaginative children the pieces alone are a lot of fun to include...MORE in open-ended play schemes. 

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    Smart Max Construction Toys

    Smart Max Builder Toys
    Keri Wilmot

    These magnetic construction toys are recommended for young toddlers ages 12 months and up. Smart Max Construction toys are one of the safest ways for young children to learn about constructing with magnets. Pieces are colorful and large, while the magnets are safety encased within the plastic rods. Depending upon the set purchased, kids can not only create fun 3D structures, but expansion sets include vehicles, homes, palaces, ramps, and stunt parks.

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    GeoMag Kor Tazoo Paco

    GeoMag Kor Mechanics Paco

    Instead of using basic sticks, rods and blocks, magnets are safely enclosed in a variety of plastic shapes that allow kids to create characters inspired by land and sea animals. Not only can children construct with magnetic pieces, but are they able to learn to follow instructions. Using the GeoMag Kor Tazoo line, kids can use their imagination skills to create an identifiable character to serve as the basis for their pretend play.

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    MOSS Robotics

    Modular Robotics

    Using magnetic pieces that include a variety of combinations of small steel spheres and large plastic blocks, kids are able to design and create their own programmable robots. The MOSS Robotics set includes instructions or "recipes" to create dozens of miniature robots with unique features such as reacting to light and touch.

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    TEGU Wooden Magnetic Blocks

    TEGU Wooden Magnetic Blocks

    Wooden construction blocks have been a fan favorite for decades, but TEGU blocks are wooden blocks with a magnetic component. These blocks arrive in shapes such as columns, blocks, planks, parallelograms, angles and wheels that are all compatible with each other. Using magnets, static wooden blocks and structures can now almost transform into mobile toys and vehicles, without the added frustration of quickly falling apart.

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    Amazon / Magformers

    Magformers are brightly colored shapes with an open center that have magnets securely housed inside. Magformers include straight edge and curved edge squares, triangles and other geometric shapes with magnets inside that children can think creatively and use problem solving skills to create 2D and 3D structures such as palaces, buildings, vehicles and even balls.