During the summer it seemed like my kids were watching hours of television each day. For most, summers are the time to get out and play, but for us in Florida we prefer to be in air conditioning. Once school started and my oldest began pre-K, we embraced the schedule change and made a TV/electronic free morning schedule. Cooler mornings were spent out on the lanai with the pretend grocery store and play food. Both kids really started being able to flex their toddler imagination with coloring, games, and imaginative toys like Magnaflex™ by WowWee.
WowWee is most known for their robotic toys for kids and the ever-so-popular Fingerlings this holiday season. Magnaflex though is centered around creativity without the use of technology, just 100% imagination. They are the only bendable magnetic construction toy for kids. There are several different sets available each with their own instruction book and ideas on what to make and how to construct them. We loved attempting the ideas in the booklets, but our 4 year old really let her imagination and inner princess loose by making princess crowns and jewelry! Each piece has the ability to connect, interlock, zip together, and stack.
The kids spent hours creating objects and wearables with their Magnaflex toys and continued to pull them out throughout the day. Even our two year old loved the sound of the magnetics clicking together, pulling them apart and stacking them up high. We were able to work on colors and counting as well.
Keep your toddlers’ imaginations alive by gifting Magnaflex sets this holiday season! If you travel during the holidays too they make great car entertainment. I shared some travel tips not too long ago and our favorite was taking along a lap-sized cookie sheet to use with magnetic toys like these.
Activities to try with Magnaflex
- Color Sorting (great for toddlers)
- Counting – when working off the instruction booklet it tells you the number of pieces you’ll need to construct. Have your child count out the correct number of each piece.
- Alphabet Recognition (great for preschoolers) – using flashcards, lay out a letter card and have your preschooler construct the letter with their pieces.
- Practice Shapes (great for toddlers/preschoolers)
- Perform Science Experiments (great for preschoolers and up)
- Have fun! Construct, deconstruct, experiment and let loose!