Magic Words—SOLO PLAY!
We are kicking off March with Magna-Tiles Madness (sale info at the end of this post)! If you haven’t checked these out yet, you’re going to fall in love. Your kids will too, but parents will LOVE that this toy is great for SOLO PLAY or sibling play if your kids know how to share. 😉 Some of our Play Ambassadors have been testing these out and we are sharing their feedback this week, along with tips from parents.
Magna-Tiles were designed to teach kids about shapes through play! Each tile has magnets along the edges and the secret is that these tiles have the ability to always attract to each other, even when the tiles get flipped. It’s magic!
This truly was independent play for Etta (age 5). Parents didn’t have to do a thing. She figured it out immediately. (YEAH!) The 3 year old crowd may need some assistance getting started but they will definitely be able to take it from there.
Where Math, Science & Creativity Meet
Vinny (age 5) is great at thinking outside the box and he LOVES to build new creations with Magna-Tiles on a regular basis. He built a hockey rink for his figurines. (It looks to be complete with a penalty box!) We love how this toy fosters creativity!
Gabriel (age 3) loves to build towers. The taller the better! Magna-Tiles can be mixed and matched with all of the various sets, so your little one can mix the original Clear Colors sets with the new Stardust, Glow and House sets.
Etta was doing fractions without even realizing it. “Mom, I used these four pieces to make this one big piece.” She was also fascinated by the fact that two triangles together could make a square. We love when kiddos are learning while playing!
Magna-Tiles Pro Tips:
The More the Merrier–Many of our builders suggested buying more than one set, or buying a set with more than 30 pieces. The House set Etta has is 28 pcs. and her Clear Colors set is 32 pcs. Etta had WAY more fun using all the pieces together. As stand-alone sets, there weren’t always enough pieces for her to build masterful creations. (In her eyes, she needed to use every last piece!) More building also meant mom could make lunch or at least enjoy a hot cup of coffee without “mom, mom, mom.” Ha! **NOTE: Check out the Clear Colors 100 pc. Set on sale this week!
Light-Play–If you have a window with ledges, build on the windows and let the sunlight shine through the tiles. The pieces seem to magically glow and it becomes a different sort of activity!
Unique Building Surfaces–Try other magnetic surfaces as the base of the building. Often times a metal door or garage door can be a fun way to explore these tiles. Or try building on a cookie tray so you can move the structure to another room when you’re trying to make the living room appear clean. 😉
Storage–Consider purchasing a bin with a lid to store your pieces in. The box they come in doesn’t easily work as storage, and if you purchase more than one set, you won’t be able to store them all together.
Beyond Building–Try using the magnetic pieces on your fridge to hang artwork or frame photos. (First…PRINT OUT YOUR PHOTOS!) Or stand the pieces up on the floor and use them like dominoes.
Shop Magna-Tiles Madness Sale: March 1st-10th
- Stop by one of the 6 Twin Cities locations for these awesome deals:
- Special Pricing: $79.99 for 100 pc. Magna-Tiles (reg. price $120)
- When you buy a regularly-priced Magna-Tiles set, you can save 20% when purchasing Magna-Tiles Expansion Sets: 2 Wheel Chassis Expansion Set, Polygon Expansion Set, Rectangle Expansion Set
- And introducing the NEW Stardust Glitter and Glow 15 pc. Sets $29.99
Magna-Tile Building Event March 9th & 10th 11am – 2pm, at all stores