When I first heard about Magformers, I was very excited. Sam has autism, but he is drawn to shapes. He is also fascinated by colours and magnets, so I thought Magformers would be right up his street.
Before I go on, let me explain what Magformers are, and how they work… Each Magformers set contains various pieces in simple geometric shapes: triangles, squares etc, which can easily be connected using the power of the built-in, revolving magnets.
The rotating magnets inside each Magformers piece means the pieces “stick” to each other, regardless of their position when two Magformers are brought together.
We were then offered a Magformers WOW Set to review before I’d purchased any for Sam, so I happily accepted the offer. The set is made up of 16 pieces: 5 squares, 8 triangles, one square with a rotating “driver” on it and 2 sets of wheels. It comes in a cardboard box with a plastic insert, (pictured above), which was easy to access. You can reuse the box to store the pieces in between uses if you want to ensure no parts are lost. You also receive lots of glossy instruction cards, which show you how to create some brilliant vehicles (like the one pictured below)…
This video shows you what is included in the WOW set, and gives some ideas of vehicles you can create, and how the system works…
The set has an RRP of £29.99 and is aimed at children aged 3 and over. Personally, I felt that although the magnets are great for younger children to play with, the car models are probably a little complex for children under 5 to build alone. (That said, I had great fun “helping” Sam and Syd, so it’s not a negative thing)!
Sydney has played with the Magformers a lot. She loves to make cars for her soft toys (pictured above). She also enjoys making houses and practicing her shape and colour recognition using the Magformers. She likes to pick out a card and then pass me the pieces as I build some of the more complex models, too.
I have been a surprised by Sam’s lack of enthusiasm for Magformers. I fully expected him to adore them, and to play with them all the time, but this isn’t the case. He will play with the built models, but he won’t try to build anything himself. He gets a little frustrated when the models break apart under his heavy hands, too. He will point to the shapes and colours when prompted, but as of yet, he doesn’t seek out the magformers to play with them himself.
Each piece is brilliant quality and feels really durable. The magnets are safely concealed inside the plastic and the piece remained 100% in tact when I deliberately stood on it to see how durable the pieces were. They feel like the sort of toy which will still be perfect in 20 years’ time.
I do want to mention that the rubber treads on the wheels is removable. Sam kept pulling it off our wheels and chewing them, so in the end I had to confiscate the rubber parts. The wheels still work (pictured above) but make sure you are aware of this if you intend on letting children play unsupervised.
All told, I really like Magformers. I think the concept is brilliant, and I can see them being an amazing way to teach maths, hand-eye co-ordination, confidence and team work. I would definitely buy more magformers, but I would probably stick to basic shapes rather than a vehicle kit next time. My nephew is 3 at Christmas, and I definitely think I’ll be buying him some Magformers as I can see them being a well used toy which will last for years!
This is not a sponsored post. We were sent the set to review, but all words and opinions are my own.