Our family recently enjoyed reviewing the 26piece Neon Magformers set. The set includes 18 squares and 8 triangles. The set is designed so that you can make simple structures including the very popular "magic ball." The Magformers come ready to play with right out of the box and offer hours of creative entertainment for ages 3 and up.
At first I was a bit worried about bringing magnets into our home. I know that some other toys include magnets that are easy to swallow and can become dangerous to young children. After opening the box and inspecting the magnets, I was pleased to find that Magformers takes great care in assuring that the magnets are welded securely within the shapes. The opaque and transparent covering keeps the magnets in place and safe from little hands and mouths, yet you are still able to see them "at work."
One of the neat aspects of the Magformers is that they are created with cylindrical neodymium magnets which allows them to attract to each other no matter which way they are connected. The specialized magnets also increase the strength which allows for them to be combined laying flat and then lifted into different design builds. My older son (age 11) used the included booklet to try to do create some of the flat builds. It took him a few times to figure it out but he eventually got the hang of it.
My daughter (age 7) really liked to build various houses for her Shopkins and little dolls. She would add on a garage for a car and even made a church with a steeple. When she was first playing with the Magformers, I could see her little brain working to try to figure out all the options, how they connected and what she build. She liked the "force" of the two competing magnets and the feeling of resistance when they were placed at certain angles. She quickly determined that the more magnets she had, the stronger the force would be. She also figured out that the Magformers could also be used on her magnet drawing board and the refrigerator.
At almost 3, my youngest was really fascinated with the Magformers. He liked placing them all out in one big line and treating them like a train track as well as building little tunnels for his cars to be pushed through. Magformers are really the perfect toy for a Deaf child because they do not require him to listen to spoken cues or directions to participate. Here is a video of Ezra putting his "train" together:
Overall I am very impressed with the Magformers Neon 26pc kit. I have already placed a couple of more boxes with different shapes into my Amazon gift list for future purchases. I would like to get some of the collections that contain a variety geometric shapes and colors. Consider adding Magformers to your summer educational activities.
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