The one educational toy every child will enjoy

Magformers one toy you would not regret buying

By Renate Engelbrecht

Thursday, Nov 04

When Catha sees a box, she opens it. No matter whose gift it is, she just enjoys opening presents and boxes so much that she always jumps at the chance to see what’s inside. Never has she enjoyed opening a box as much as the Magformers box we recently got gifted, though.

Catha holding the Magformers box
Catha holding the Magformers box. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

These magnetic building toys are educational construction toys that have just landed in South Africa. Designed for both boys and girls, it allows children to build their own magnetic 3D structures and I was amazed at how quickly Catha and Elian got the hang of it.

Each Magformers set contains colourful, magnetic plastic shapes that can be built into a variety of forms and objects. Some sets even come with wheels, little men with hats and other objects that would spark any child’s imagination.

Magformers are certified for children from two years and older, but even Elian (who is not two yet) enjoys these toys tremendously. The toys are made from BPA Free HQABS plastic and use neodymium magnets, which are extremely strong as well as resistant to demagnetisation.

Children playing with Magformers
The kids playing with their new Magformers. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

Solarpop’s Senior Marketing Manager, Philip Galliford says: “The basic principle is that your creativity and, of course, the amount of fun you have while playing is unlimited. Magformers spark the imagination and build skills in 3D construction. Playing with these shapes encourages planning and logical thinking, it also inspires children to think mathematically. The colours and shapes also foster discovery and creativity.”

Parenting expert and toy reviewer, Nikki Bush also says that Magformers foster 2D to 3D building and promote fine motor control, eye-hand coordination, spatial planning and imaginative play.

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Why my kids choose Magformers time and again:

  • Their little hands find it easy to use. Where Catha (3) enjoys the challenge of building in 3D, Elian (1) still enjoys exploring the colours, the shapes and the way in which they clip together due to the toys’ magnetic power.
  • The various sets come with colourful booklets that boast construction ideas and guidance.
  • The different shapes – circles, squares, triangles and more – snap together easily and the magnets always attract, making the building process simple and fun.
  • They toys are open-ended, so Catha and Elian can let their imaginations run wild. Catha has been building the most impressive cars, aeroplanes, and helicopters.
  • The different sets can be used together with all the Magformers being compatible, fitting together perfectly. This means that the kids can expand their Magformers collection, while also improving their 3D building skills.
  • There are various different sets, including a My First and Basic sets, Magformers Carnival, Amazing Rescue, Amazing Construction and Amazing Police, so the options are endless.
Catha building her Magformers car
Catha building her own 3D Magformers car. Image: Renate Engelbrecht

I say yes to Magformers too, because the magnetic power helps me to stack and store them easily and when we travel, it is always the very first toy I pack for the car as it keeps my kids busy for hours on end.

I find it rather convenient that these toys are not only fun to play with, but also leave room for development over the years, which means they’ll play with it for much longer than anticipated.

Apart from being the perfect toy to add to your playschool, home school or classroom, it’s also the ideal present to put underneath the Christmas tree this year. You’ll find these wonderful playsets on Takealot.com, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, CAN and Everyshop.

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