Gift Idea: Magna Tiles

Tuesday November 22, 2011

As the holidays approach, I’m sharing a few gift ideas. These are either products we own and love, or products we would love to acquire 🙂

Magna Tiles

A Great Gift For: Kids, from ages 3 to 103

Price: ~$50 – $100 (depending on set size) at Amazon

These were recently talked up on my mom’s club so much so that I decided they would make a great gift for any of my kids.  I will probably get them for soon to be 4 year old’s birthday in January.  They are basically colorful magnetic tiles that can be connected together to build and play in a variety of unstructured ways.   The sets come in either solid colors, or translucent tiles and come as 32 piece set or 100 piece set.

From the Amazon product description:

In cool, transparent colors, the Magna Tiles 32 Piece Set includes magnetized pieces of different shapes that attach along their sides to build basic 3D shapes, like cubes and pyramids, or whatever creative designs kids develop.  Magna Tiles help kids become familiar with geometric shapes, understand basic math and science skills, and experience free-form, creative building and help build logical thinking, math reasoning, spatial and manipulative problem-solving skills.

A tell tale sign of a good toy — Magna Tiles seem to be universally loved by parents.   They get a 5 star rating and everyone seems to be pleased with them.  The only drawback is the hefty price.  Even worse, the price seems to be increasing (there was some discussion of factory problems, leading to an increase in price).  You may find a better deal if you shop around, but buying sooner than later is the word on the street.

What toys do you give a 5 star rating too?

You can find other products I recommend by checking out my gift guide.

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4 Responses to Gift Idea: Magna Tiles

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    Mona says:

    hurry and buy them now as the factory was flooded in Thailand and the company is out of stock for now. I found them at Henry Bear Park locally in Arlington MA

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      Kendra says:

      thanks Mona! I was able to snag a set at a local toy store as well. If you haven’t found them yet, folks are probably out of luck until the company is able to replenish its stock next year.

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    adena says:

    we love these – they are certainly an investment and after a few recommendations from other parents, i snagged a 100 piece and additional small pack as well – they are a go to toy in our house for adults and kiddos.

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    Joy Koeppen says:

    My kids played with these at a library on Cape Cod of all places. They are super fun and educational, geometrically speaking. I was wondering where to get them and forgot about them. Thanks!

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