I’ve been meaning to do a Magformers review for a while. Under the Christmas tree again this year, were a few boxes of Magformers. Let’s review these magnetic toys and see why they are all the rage with kids and parents.
Here on Digital Mom Blog, we talk a lot about screen time and technology. If you are looking for a new toy for your kids that is SCREEN FREE, encourages your kids to be creative, build, learn, think and be innovative – I have the toy for you. Introducing, Magformers! I’m sharing a personal review of my kids favorite toy. They’ve given up Legos for the most part – this is how epic these are!
If asked what Magformers are? My first response would be magnetic toys that my kids can’t get enough. But, leave it to Amazon to better describe what they are:
MAGFORMERS are easy to use and never frustrating. The patented intelligently designed MAGFORMERS magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Building with MAGFORMERS engages mathematical and scientific thought, deductive reasoning, and requires use of spatial awareness. Manipulating the powerful, colorful MAGFORMERS magnets IS educational, but despite being an educational experience, play is magical and FUN!
Magnetic Building Toys
I think the best way I would describe Magformers is that they are magnetic building blocks. These magnets allow your kids to use their creativity and create various buildings, structures, vehicles – whatever their mind can imagine.
Magformers are STEM approved toys. I was curious to what a STEM approved toy is, come to find out – it’s legit. This is from stem.org‘s website.
STEM.org Authenticated™ streamlines the consumer’s ability to identify the goods and services that conform to STEM.org’s vetted standards, thus assisting with quick decision-making in favor of quality. When parents & educators observe the STEM.org Authenticated™ trustmark, they know goods and services will:
- Integrate seamlessly into STEM program and classrooms
- Align to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math standards
- Support the development of students 21st Century Skills
- Engage students through hands-on learning and collaboration
- Ensure an unbiased, third-party review and evaluation process
Why Do Kids Love Magformers
I would say kids love Magformers so much, for the same reason that they love LEGOs. They inspire creativity and free play. They are durable and open the mind to creative play. My kids have built ships, towers, dogs, it’s always neat to see what they will come up with next (or use the handy guide to help build cool items.)
What Age Are Magformers Good For?
We started our youngest when he was 2 with Magformers. They are big enough so he can stick in his mouth without me having a fear of choking. At age 3, he really began to put them together and make things. My 5-year-old has blown us away with his crazy creations this last year. We have an 11-year-old who enjoys playing with them as well.
Why Parents Love Magformers
Parents love these, especially me! These magnetic blocks are DURABLE.
The magnetic blocks last. Did I mention I have 3 BOYS that are rough and tough and destroy just about everything, but have yet to be able to destroy Magformers! Our kids have yet to get bored with them, which this past year for Christmas, I bought 4 additional add-on sets and didn’t feel bad giving the kids this as one of their “big” gifts because I KNEW they would be played with and they have!
BONUS: Magformers don’t hurt NEAR as much as LEGOs do when stepped on (but do know they can cause slipping if left on wood floors.)
Are Magformers right for your kid? The best thing to do is start small. Buy a beginner set, such as the one above. I suggest the 30-piece set to get you started.
Great Gift for Kids
Since these are purchased in kits – these make awesome gifts for kids. Something to note, make sure that whoever is buying these for your kids or if you are buying them – that you always buy the same brand. There are various brands, such as Magna-tiles, let’s talk about these 2 products and what you should know!
Magna-Tiles vs Magnaformers
We were introduced to Magna-Tiles (a similar but different product to Magformers) several years ago when Grandma and Grandpa bought them as gifts. While we loved Magnatiles – when I went to buy my kids some, I couldn’t find any on sale. I appreciate a good toy sale and since Magnatiles never seem to be available on a discount, we started the boys collecting Magformers.
Can I Use Magna-Tiles with Magformers?
Something to note: Magnatiles and Magformers are not compatible. While it seems they would play well together, they don’t. It’s best to start one collection of either and stick with that same brand.