Multimedia Building Toys
- What: Magna-Tile magnetic building blocks
- When: Two years and up
- Why: Broad age appeal, durability, plays well with other toys
- Where: Amazon
Our Magna-Tiles remain one of the most popular toys in our household. My three kids, ages 4, 6, and 8, fight over these magnet tiles on an almost daily basis, and we have enough to fill an entire bin.
Magna-Tiles work with other toys, including everything from wooden train tracks and stuffed animals to Calico Critters and Legos of any size. My kids play with these tiles every single day they are home, and have done so since we got our first set more than 5 years ago. I’ve augmented our deluxe set once with a set of additional squares, and that’s been enough to build some amazing creations – if I can get the kids to agree long enough on what to build.
Although you pay a lot for the initial investment, the tiles hold up well. We’ve had exactly one tile break, and that was a small bit of plastic from the edge. While it bothers my kids from a tactile perspective, it still works just fine. I return it from the fix it box every so often without actually fixing it and wait until they notice it among the piles of tiles again.
Their magnet tile creations can also withstand a lot of love and play. They can support other Magna-Tiles as well as Lego creations, stuffed animals using them as homes, vehicles parked in Magna-Tile garages, and balls dropped into ball run creations made of Magna-Tiles. Only a rampaging dog, an errant robotic vacuum or an angry sibling bring them crashing down.
Which means they get to start all over again with another creation.