Magna-Tiles

Susan Wells
May 13, 2010

I purchased a set of Magna-Tiles a few years ago for my oldest, who was 5 years old at the time. She was fascinated with them and worked to replicate some of the patterns in the included booklet along with making her own creative structures. She loved them.

Magna-Tiles are plastic squares, isosceles triangles, equilateral triangles and right triangles measuring about 3 inches in length and about half an inch thick. The edges are lined on the inside with magnets that stick together to make two and three-dimensional objects. You can also pick from solid or clear colored tiles. A small set comes with 32 pieces and a large set comes with 110 pieces. This may sound like a lot, but as my youngest got older and more interested in playing and building with the tiles, 32 pieces was not enough so I added another set one Christmas. That set was still not enough and we just added a third set to our collection. The clear tiles are our favorite over the solid ones.

Magna-Tiles are pricey, retailing at around $50 for a 32-piece set, but worth every penny. This is hands-down, by far, the most played-with toy in our house. My children are learning about shapes, geometry, magnets and architecture, and they don't even realize it. They make the most creative structures, then tear them down and use their creativity for another build.

The one small downside to Magna-Tiles is that they do not have incredibly strong magnets inside. Structures, especially larger ones, are fragile and frustrations can run high because they are not strong to withstand the powers of a preschooler. The tiles themselves are very strong, and even though ours hit the floors a lot with a crash, none of them have ever broken or chipped.

These tiles are a favorite in our household. The educational possibilities are endless!

From the Parents

  • Parent # 1

    We didn't get a booklet with our 100 piece set! Would love to have that product. Maybe I'll email customer service. I agree that the weakness of the magnet is a downside.

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 2

    I bought Magnatiles for my son on his third birthday. He was fascinated and loved to build huge towers. I had to start the foundation for him and he would proceed. After about a month he got bored so I put them away. My son is now 3 1/2. I pulled out the Magnatiles again and he is now building these crazy beautiful structures from the foundation up. He loves them, is fully engaged and creates buildings for his super heros, houses for animals and places to put bad guys. One of the best "toys" we ever bought!

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 3

    Magformers are great. I found them to be stronger but aren't as versatile for my young children. With their rounded edges, they can't build boxes and house as well which my kids love to do and use their action figures. I switched to Magnatiles and my kids love them. Both great products but I found the Magnatiles better regarding ease of play and a better value

    over a year ago

  • Parent # 4

    My son was fascinated with these at a childrens science museum we went to but we ended up buying Magformers instead. Same idea but more shapes (squares, isosceles triangles, equilateral triangles, pentagons and hexagons) and stronger magnets. Magformers are pricey too but worth every penny for as much as our sons play with them and don't realize they are learning so much.

    over a year ago

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