Recently we were sent some Geomag Magicube animal sets to review. We were sent the safari animals and the polar animals set. I’d never heard of Geomag Magicubes before so I was interested to see what they were like. They are magnetic building blocks suitable from 18 months. My youngest (E) is just 16 months old and loves these blocks already.
Magicubes are magnetic building blocks that can be attached from any side. Often with magnets, they repel in one direction and attach in another (I know our magnetic train cartridges do this). I love that these cubes don’t do this as I think at such a young age children would be put off by this. The magnets are not too strong either so little fingers can’t get trapped between the blocks. They are a really fun expansion on the classic toddler activity of stacking and knocking down towers.
The safari set comes with 14 magicubes and the polar set with 8 magicubes. Each set comes with 2 double-sided cards that show older children how to put the blocks together to make 4 different animals. With the safari set, you can build a lion, giraffe, exotic bird or a camel. With the polar pack, you can make a seal, whale, penguin or polar bear. The animals are a mixture of 2D pictures that you could build flat on a table or 3D structures. These 3D structures would take more skills to build and would be more suitable for older toddlers and preschoolers to build.
Obviously, E is too young to copy the pictures but I built some for her. She was more than happy though just to explore the cubes and pull them apart. I can see her learning to stack them when she is a little older too. As well as making the correct animals, older children can have fun mixing the animals up to create new creatures. My 4-year-old loves this idea.
The cubes are the perfect size for little hands without being small enough to be a choking hazard. We all know how much toddlers like to explore the world with their mouths. These cubes are too big to put in the mouth but E still had a suck on one. I love that they are so smooth and that the pictures are printed onto the cubes (rather than stickers) so they are not damaged by a bit of chewing.
The two sets we were sent are compatible and can be played with together to make bigger structures or creating strange creatures!
Overall we love these cubes. They are great toys for developing fine motor skills and creativity for toddlers. They are advertised as being suitable from 18 months but I would say they are suitable for younger toddlers too (my daughter has been happily playing with them since she was 15 months). What I love about them is that they grow with your child. Younger toddlers can start off knocking down towers, pulling cubes apart and putting cubes together. Then as they develop and grow they can make their own creatures up or follow the cards to build the animals shown.
If you like the look of these toys, then you can buy your own from Amazon. The safari set has an RRP of £35 and the polar pack set of £27. Links in this post are affiliate links. By buying through these links I may receive a small commission for the sale. This has no effect on the price you pay.
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Disclosure – we were sent these toys free in exchange for this review. All photos and opinions are my own.