These days our kids have their heads buried in some sort of smart device, whether it’s an iPhone, Android device, or some sort of tablet, kids and parents are opting for digital entertainment over physical play. While smartphones and tablets have their place and can be a great learning tool as well, physical play is something every kid needs. Magformers isn’t a high-tech toy but it does offer some sorely needed imagination into a kids life. Find out why Magformers earned a Techaeris Top Pick award for 2016.
Made from durable plastics and magnets, the beauty of Magformers is the ability to make the design whatever you want. The company provides an instruction manual with various ideas but kids can also come up with their own creations. You get a variety of really well-made shapes and our review kit was the Mountain Adventure Set which came with 3 sets of wheels to make a variety of car like toys. Overall these are really well made and I believe will stand up over time to continued play and abuse.
Ease of Use
The set that was sent to us was labeled for ages 3 and up and I think that’s pretty accurate. Our 4, 6, and 8-year-olds, were all able to catch on fairly quickly on what they had to do to build their own creations. The 6 and 8-year-old did a better job of following the included instructions to create the ones in the booklet. Each shape has magnets placed in them and when you touch them with another shape they stick together. The bond is pretty tight, especially once you have multiple shapes together and are able to make it so they don’t fall over each other. The best part of Magformers is you don’t have to follow the book, while there are many great ideas in it, the kids had a better time making things up. Overall these are very simple to use but keep an eye for the age bracket on the boxes you buy.
Pricing varies depending on which kit you buy but I think at whatever price point you buy, these are chocked full of value.
While this is a low tech gadget/toy, it’s really a nice change from smartphones and tablets. It also encourages imagination, builds motor skills, teaches problem solving, and is FUN!