Reviewed by David Savage
When I first received the Playmags Magnetic Tiles Building Set I wasn’t too impressed as I couldn’t see that the boys would play with it, but they have been using it for a week now and it is brilliant. The only limits with it are your imagination and obviously the number the number of pieces that you have. We received the 60 piece magnetic building blocks set.
In the box there are 60 magnetic pieces; squares and triangles of various sizes and 1 car (or to be more precise, the base of a car with wheels so that you can create your own).
The box contents are:
31x Small Squares (various colours)
4x Windows (Square, various colours)
2x Large Squares (different colours)
10x Small Triangles (various colours)
4x Medium Triangles (various colours)
8x Tall Triangles (various colours)
Each clear coloured tile contains a series of magnets so that you can connect them together in a variety of different ways and making it very easy for children to build their own designs (the magnets attract on all sides so you can flip tiles around, stand end on end etc.). Since the boys (age 4) have been using the tiles they have built towers, boxes, houses (they built these to put their toy animals inside – they said it was a house, I thought it was a prison!), cars, trucks, rockets, shapes and just laying out large patterns on the floor. As there is no right or wrong way to build they are free to build whatever their imaginations can come up with (obviously depending on the tiles available, we can always buy other sets to expand it).
So for a toy I didn’t think would have much of play factor, the boys absolutely love it and play with it every day building a variety of different items. It is a great way to encourage imaginative play, manual dexterity skills, colour and shape recognition, teamwork, sharing and communication skills (as they sit there telling each other what to do and where they want bits to go).
Now, some parents may be worried about magnets and young children – the magnets are fully enclosed within the plastic tiles and for the past week these have been dropped, thrown, trodden on, kicked around the room etc. and not one piece has broken or cracked or any magnets becoming loose. If they can stand up to the attention of 2 four year olds they should last a while and seem very robust.
This is a fantastic toy that is not just fun but educational in a very understated way. It is not just a toy for children as I have spent a lot of time helping them build things so is great for family time and interacting with the children on their level. With Christmas not too far away this would make an ideal present.