What are Magformers?
Magformers are super powerful magnetic construction sets that can be made into a variety of different shapes and objects. The magnetic shapes give children a natural understanding of the geometry of 2D shapes and 3D figures.
Although Magformers have just launched in the UK this year, their toys have been popular around the world for many years. The biggest markets are the US and South Korea and they hope to replicate this success here in the UK. Magformers can already be found in many independent toy shops but from this summer, Hamleys will be also stocking them.
What did we think?
We were sent the 'WOW' set which featured 16 pieces of the Magformers magnetics. The box was colourful and bright and we were really excited to see how it all worked.
Upon opening the set, the pieces felt really sturdy and were very colourful - very appealing to childen I'm sure.
Elliot wasted no time in constructing his first shape and he was really intrigued to see how the pieces stuck together. The set comes with picture cards so you can make up to 20 different mini cars so we set about having a go at this and it was really fun. Elliot needed some help following the picture but he was so excited once the car had been built and he could whizz it around!
We were so into building the cars that it took a while for us to spot the other cards in the box! There are instructions for 8 kinds of planar figures - these were brilliant because Elliot could lay the shapes down on the instruction card (the pictures were actual size) and then we could show him where to pick up the shapes to create the 3D creation. These were absolutely brilliant and I could tell Elliot was learning a lot from creating these shapes.
Lastly the set also included 11 play patterns which were quite fun for Elliot to play around with and figure out what shape went where.
I can really see the benefits of this toy for a child, especially a child around Elliot's age. As well as teaching hand-eye co-ordination, it develops and enhances creativity and problem solving skills.
The recommended age for Magformers is 3+ but I would say this is an all ages toy - my husband had just as much fun playing with it!!
Would we recommend Magformers?
Of course, this is a great toy for curious little (and big!) minds and one that I'm sure Elliot will come back to time and time again.
Disclaimer: We received this product for the purpose of this honest review. All views are my own
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