Holiday Gift Guide: Guidecraft Magneatos (**GIVEAWAY**)

Guidecraft has been making quality, educational toys for 46 years. The company owner’s father started the company making 10 products in a woodshop, and now the line includes over 850 educational toys and furnishings!

I was able to try a product that is new for 2012, the Magneatos 100 Piece Better Builders set.

This is my absolute favorite kind of toy. No, not because it came with its own storage (love that too!), but because it encourages creativity and free play. The 22 page guide includes information about magnet science, as well as ideas for activities & things to build.

The Magneatos have been tested to ages 18 months+ and are suggested for children ages 2+. My 7 1/2 year old made me laugh because the first thing she did was divide them by color and type. What can I say? She is my daughter!

The magnets are embedded in the sturdy rods, and I don’t think you could get them out unless you intentionally smashed the rods with something heavy. The metal balls connect to the rods securely. While they are not intended for babies, I’m not panicky about my 10-month old getting his hands on one of the pieces while his brother and sister play.

I love that this toy grows with my kids. My 3-year old is happy to just stick them together, while my daughter is having fun building things (and my 10-month old likes throwing the balls!)

I’ll also admit that this toy is appropriate for thirty-*cough* year olds too! My younger son and I were left alone with the Magneatos, and I had a blast building until the “building inspector” ordered it all razed. 😉

Magneatos are an Oppeheim Platinum Best Toy Award Winner, and I can see why! These would be great for a playdate, play group, class room, or as a gift! Sets are available from 24 to 296 pieces, and retail for $40-$240. I have no doubt that my children will play with this set for years to come.

BUY IT! Shop Guidecraft, or view their PDF catalog. Magneatos sets begin at $40.


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