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David E. 60 days ago
My grandkids love these
I was born in the final years of the Baby Boomer generation (although it seems strange to be in the same classification as my parents) and, when it came to toys with which to construct things, the options were pretty much limited to Lincoln Logs (which you could build a log cabin and that was about all) and Tinker Toys with which you could build just about anything you wanted - although the primary thing you need to build first is a hammer to use on your brother should he try to steal any of your pieces. Does anyone remember that round cardboard tub that they came in?

Since that time (during the past 40-50 years) there have been lots of newer construction toys that have come out on the market including Legos, which are now typically marketed and sold with the pieces needed to create a specific item for younger to mid-range children and the more advanced K’nex construction kits for older kids.

Recently something new has become an option for younger to middle-aged children and that is the very colorful and versatile magnetic “building blocks” by SmartToys. With these you can easily use the magnets located on the corners of the various shaped (usually square or triangle) pieces to create all sorts of objects - obviously depending on how many pieces you have available to use.

My parents have 5 great-grandchildren and, to keep them occupied while the older 3 generations visit, they keep a toy box full of toys. Recently something interesting has started happening however. When the young kids come through the front door my parents have to attempt to get a hug from them as they run right past the toy box and to the large antique dining room table on which sits a large wooden bowl containing a 48-piece set of these magnetic building blocks

Now, to make the math simple & since 4 of the kids belong to my son, let’s just focus on them for a moment. When you get 4 children wanting to build something and they are limited to 12 pieces each, there is a limit what you can build with only f 12 pieces - especially when you are talking about a 3D object (a cube for example) which would require 6 magnetic pieces to make up the frame and another 6 for the sides.

So I made the decision, when I decided to purchase some of these for the grandkids to play with here, to purchase the box of 48 pieces as well as the larger collection of 96 pieces which comes in a sturdier tub with a bonus. Do you remember the toy that has different shaped holes & different shaped pieces so very young kids can learn to recognize different shapes? Well the top for the kit containing 96 pieces has those different shaped holes in the top so even my 2 year old grand daughter can play with it.

One easy method to create more complex shapes is to start with a 2D top & sides of an object lain out on the floor and then, simply by picking the top up into the air and letting the outlying pieces swing down and magnetically snap onto the adjoining pieces, you are left with a 3D structure which would otherwise be more difficult to assemble.

Obviously the more pieces you have the more you can create so I combined all the pieces (they will all fit in the tub that the 98 piece set came in) and now they can work together to build some pretty amazing items.
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Maria D. 143 days ago
Amazing toys!!
I have found Smartoys constructions sets on the Internet while I was looking for a toy to buy for my nephew's 5th birthday. I wanted something interesting for him but at the same time beneficial for the development of his intellectual potential. He spends too much time playing computer and video games so I was really determined to demonstrate to him that there are many other things in the world that can be equally and even more entertaining than a computer or TV screen. To order the magnetic building block kit was the best decision I could have ever possibly made!! The building blocks are a real fun to play with, I was amazed to find out that they can keep my nephew busy constructing and creating different structures for several hours in a row. He enjoys playing with the set because the magic of magnets inside the building blocks and the easy way they get attached to each other fascinates him. His parents also observe that his ability to concentrate has improved significantly, he's got
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Alexandra S. 158 days ago
Great toy for smart little genius
It was really great idea for the birthday of my 5 year old daughter's friend. He had any kind of toys for kids of his age and already bored to play with all of them. His parents were desperate to find smth to interest him. Very unexpectedly our gift got all his attention for hours. It as a good way to have fun with his friend and parents and develop mental skills at the same time. Very unusual and useful toy, very fast delivery. Would buy from this store again.
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