Until we got these for Christmas, I thought Legos were the greatest toy ever. But now I’m all about Magna-Tiles. Colorful plastic shapes with imbedded magnets, they are easy enough for my two year old to build with but so ingenious even adults can’t resist. They have become the one toy that never gets put away.
Magna-Tiles come in solid colors, but it’s hard to beat the jewel-like glow of the clear ones. They make amazing towers. (This is extra high – we got a second set 100-piece set for my daughter’s recent birthday; 100 pieces doesn’t go as far with four kids.)
Triangles make nice castle finishes.
And my four year old even figured out how to spell with them (he doesn’t know a lot of words, but this is Buckeye country, after all).
Like Legos, Magna-Tiles are an investment, but they are similarly sturdy and will last through years of daily use. I got these for Christmas on a tip from my friends in the Palo Alto-Menlo Park parents’ forum. I purchased directly from the manufacturer, Valtech, because I found a 15% off coupon online. If you can’t find a coupon, Amazon also sells them with free shipping – the 100 piece set is $119; the 32 piece set is $51.
I couldn’t wait for next Christmas to share this discovery. I hope this idea brings happiness to some lucky birthday boys and girls this year.
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