Recently we were sent a set of Playmags magnetic tiles to review. We already had one set that we bought our eldest daughter (F age 4) last Christmas. Without a doubt, they are the best gift we bought her. She plays with them all the time, near enough every day. We had planned to get her a second set for this Christmas so I was thrilled to be sent a set to review.
You might not be familiar with Playmags magnetic tiles as they don’t seem to be that widely available here in the UK. You can buy them from Amazon here (this is an affiliate link, if you buy through it I receive a small fee from Amazon. This does not affect the price you pay). I first saw these colourful magnetic tiles on American blogs and knew we needed some. We love our set and I really feel they should be a much more popular toy here in the UK.
You can purchase a few different sets of Playmags magnetic tiles. This is a great starter set and is £49.99 on Amazon. It contains 60 tiles. If you’ve never seen them before they are translucent plastic tiles with magnets around the edge (the magnets are sealed inside the plastic tile). They come in a rainbow of colours (and you know how much I love colour). The magnets are strong which allows you to build easily.
They are suitable from age 3 which I would say is right. F was 3 and a half when she got them and they were perfect for her straight away. My 7 year old nephew has also enjoyed playing with them too. My youngest is just 16 months and as you can see from these photos, she likes to try and play too. I would say she is too young for them really but she is drawn to the bright colours (and anything her big sister is doing). The magnets are too strong for her and she can’t pull them apart and she can get her little fingers pinched between two tiles. If you are looking for a magnetic toy for toddlers then have a read of my Geomag magicube safari set review (and until the 29th October you can enter to win a set).
As you can see from these photos, F loves playing with these tiles and she plays with them in a variety of ways. She loves building tall towers or rockets and she often adds her Happyland figures too. We’ve also used them to learn about shapes and patterns. They are fantastic on our DIY light tables as they are gorgeous when the light shines through them (no photo sorry as ours needs repairing as a certain little person destroyed it).
Playmags magnetic tiles are a great STEM toy for preschoolers and primary school age kids. They have fun playing them without realising that they are learning hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and fine motor skills. They have fun building structures and develop creative and engineering skills. I can’t wait to see what structures she can build with double the number of tiles. If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas for a child of 3 or more, I really can’t recommend these enough.
Disclosure – we were set a set of Playmags magnetic tiles to review in exchange for an honest review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.