Review (Gifted)¦ When I’m looking for toys for my 18 month old, I’m always looking for things that will help him to think creatively and help his motor skills. For my 5 year old, it’s anything that will capture her interest more than the tablet and encourage her to use her imagination. With an age recommendation of 1-5, Magicube by Geomag fits the bill perfectly. These magnetic cubes are colourful and fun for them to play with either alone or together.
The blocks are brightly coloured and very eye-catching to young children. As soon as Reuben saw the box, he was eager to get in! The blocks are the perfect size for his tiny hands. The fact that they always connect makes them brilliant for young children. It means they don’t have the frustration of the magnetism not working. Autumn and Reuben aren’t really old enough for it to concern them yet, but I was delighted to see that the plastic used for the blocks is 100% recycled. Also, the packaging is 70% recycled.
Moving the blocks around creating endless configurations and shapes is brilliant for teaching them all kinds of skills. In fact, this could be one of the early stepping stones for a career in STEM. You never know! It comes with a pamphlet that shows your child how to make a variety of simple shapes. These include a t-rex, a dog and a football player. Of course, this isn’t the limit. They’ll soon be using their imagination to make other things! Autumn has made a shoe and a chair for her toys. Reuben has pretended a block was a hairbrush and brushed my hair with it!
Putting Them To The Test
So, how did they go down? Well, Reuben was practically chomping at the bit. I’d barely opened the box when he was trying to grab them impatiently out of the packaging. He loved holding them in his chubby little hands and was delighted when they magnetically connected to each other. I helped him to make a tower and he was full of smiles.
The size and shape of them actually makes them really practical to take for days out too. We took them to Download Festival with us in case he needed entertaining! Reuben loves connecting two together and twisting them and stacking them; he ways I expected him to mainly play with them at his age.
However, there was one day his creativity in play with them surprised me. We were in the garden, when he realised by himself that the magnets allowed him to attach them to the slide!
He looked so pleased with himself! You could see his brain busy trying to work it all out as he experimented. We’ve had these blocks for a good few weeks now and they’ve easily become one of Reuben’s favourite toys. Autumn has really enjoyed making shapes and patterns with them too, so we’ve had a few arguments on our hands! It’s rare to find a toy that captures their interest so well and is great for their development too.
A 16 pack of Magicube blocks like the ones we were sent have an RRP of £38.70 and other kinds of packs are also available!
Disclosure: We were gifted two 16 packs of Magicube in return for this review. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.