One of their FAVORITE Toys ~ Magformers!

Magformers Review

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Last year we were sent the Magformers 30 Piece Rainbow set to review and all of my kids fell in love. Since then, they have been played with SO SO much and my younger two kids have asked for more Magformers to add to their set. Imagine my delight when we were asked to share Magformers again and got two new sets to review for Educents!!! This time we were sent two new sets; Inspire Set and Magnets in Motion Gear Accessory Pack.

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I think she spent almost 2 hours playing with these on the day we opened them. I tried to take pictures of as many creations as I could, but even these don’t show all she made!

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You can see she loved adding the gears, I definitely recommend adding this set if you own some Magformers already. It is an inexpensive way to add an entirely new element of play.

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I took several video clips of her in action and as you will see, she got very into sharing her creations!

 

My 10 year old loves these too. When he came home from gymnastics the night we got them he was so excited and asked to build for a bit right away! He built this awesome cross!

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They play with these together a lot and now that we have more pieces, that goes much better! They made matching iguanas!

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I think my favorite recently has to be the puppy playground. She made a swing, a slide and a rolling ride for her puppies.

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Oh, and the skates. Love the skates.

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Final Thoughts…

I highly recommend Magformers. I was so skeptical in the beginning, mostly because I thought they were expensive for what they were. Now that we have had them for awhile {the first set of 30 we have had for almost a year}, I have changed my tune. Not only has she played with that set of 30 continuously, it was even one of the ‘chosen’ toys to bring to the beach this past summer! We only allow a few toys to be brought on vacation and the box of Magformers was a huge hit! She has only intensified her love for Magformers since adding the extra sets and is begging for one of the themed sets with curved shapes for Christmas, like this Dinosaur Set or this Deep Sea Set. Who knows? Her wish just might come true!

Magformers are a great gift idea because you can easily start small with the 30 piece set and it truly is fun all on it’s own. Adding to the set over time just makes the fun grow!

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You can buy the Magformers Inspire Set here on Educents.

You can buy Magformers Magnets in Motion Gear Accessory Pack here on Educents.

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Family Game Night Gift Ideas

We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Family Game Night Gift Ideas!  This past summer we spent loads of time in Marbles the Brain Store while on vacation and came across many new games!  We played them in store, and our kids are getting some for Christmas this year {shhh!}. I am in LOVE with this store {and no, they aren’t a blog sponsor and don’t even know I am writing this}.

Family Game Night Gift Ideas

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You can see direct links to some of these great family games down below in the Amazon links {jump over to the blog if you are reading this in email!}, and some have direct links to Marbles the Brain Store since they are exclusive and only sold there. If you do shop there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter to save 10% and also check out their Loyalty program!

 

Products from Marbles the Brain Store

OtrioTouchy FeelyOh SnapLeaps and LedgesMarbles Loyalty

Ultimate favorite: Otrio!  We played this in the store and I LOVE it! There’s a video on the website that shows you how to play. We have personally owned Suspend and Bounce Off for years and they are family favorites. I love the Touchy Feely Game, and if our kids were a bit younger we would definitely have this. There’s even an ABC expansion set for it!

Stay tuned for the remaining 6 categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

New for 2016 Early Childhood Gift Ideas[3]

 

Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

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All NEW Early Childhood Gift Ideas

We have our first new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring NEW Early Childhood Gift Ideas!  By ‘new’ I mean NEW to me! We don’t personally own these since these weren’t available when my kids were younger.  But I went “shopping” for you and this is what I found that I just love! We have our Ultimate Early Childhood Gift Guide here, which features the toys we do personally own!

New for 2016 Early Childhood Gift Ideas

You can see direct links to all of these great early learning toys down below in the Amazon links, and you will notice all of these are from a few of our longtime favorite companies: Learning Resources, Melissa and Doug, and Guidecraft. You can buy these awesome toys directly from their sites, or find them in a store near you!  Personally, Amazon saves my sanity during the holidays, so the Amazon links are there below!

 

 

I am in LOVE with the new Guidecraft Grippies – similar to our beloved Magneatos {now called Better Builders I think}, but with texture! The Melissa and Doug Julia doll with the career outfits is awesome! I just love early childhood toys and hope many of you enjoy these with your little ones!

Stay tuned for the remaining categories, I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See the post we have shared already below…

Family Game Night Gift Ideas

Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. I also share a lot on my Instagram, like this recent photo sharing one of our longtime favorites! Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

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Christmas Gift Ideas 2016

This year we will be sharing Christmas Gift Ideas in a several unique categories!  Last year we shared the Ultimate Early Childhood Gift Guide and we have shared many other gift guides in the past. Below you can see a sneak peek of what is to come this year! We will share all categories during the month of November, so you will have plenty of time to shop before Christmas!

All New Gift Ideas for Kids 2016

 

Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. I also share a lot on my Instagram, like this recent photo sharing one of our longtime favorites! Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!

Here are direct links to the categories we have shared so far!

New for 2016 Early Childhood Gift Ideas   Family Game Night Gift Ideas

Indoor Activity  Gift Ideas   Brain Games Gift Ideas

Let's Create! Gift Ideas  Subscription Boxes Gift Ideas

 

Coming Soon!

Outdoor Fun Gift Ideas

Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Here are links to gift guides we have shared in the past!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids  Ultimate Early Childhood Christmas Gift Guide



A Homeschooler’s Early Childhood Gift Guide

Ultimate Early Childhood Christmas Gift Guide

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I get asked a lot how I acquired so many fabulous early learning toys for my children.  One of the most helpful methods was by adding them to gift wish lists!  My parents and my in-laws were gracious and often bought learning toys for birthdays and Christmas!  Today I have an extensive Early Childhood Gift Guide for those of you hoping to stock your homeschool space with great learning tools for your young children. Any questions – leave me a comment and I will do my best to help!

Click on the graphics to see prices and links!

Alphabet Toys

 

lauri abc puzzle   Alphatales    lauri alphabet puzzleAlphabet Counstruction Set  Alphabet Soup CansLauri Alphabet Stackers    Puzzle Boards ABC    Sequence Letters

 

Numbers and Counting Toys

71JfIWn4qvL._SL1000_Lauri Number Puzzle Boards71vt7HH53nL._SL1000_LR Pop CountingLR Number PopsiclesNumber puzzlesLR Muffin Tin   LR Number Construction

 

Colors & Shapes

Beginner Pattern BlocksShape Bean Bagsmagnetic pattern blocksLearning Resources Counters Giveaway from www.1plus1plus1equals1.netLR Cookie Shapes   LR Color Pie Shape Puzzle 

 

Building Toys

City Blocks  Magneatos Stacking Pegs SetInterloxCandy ConstructionFoam BlocksStraws and Connectors 705 pieces  Wedgits  Link n Learn

 

Grow with You Games & Toys

Many of these would technically be geared towards elementary aged kids, not tots or preschoolers BUT don’t overlook these!  These provided tons of fun during our Tot School years and are toys and games my kids STILL play with!  We used the pieces for color sorting, building, fine motor work, and all sorts of other things!

 

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Gross Motor Fun

Many of these are featured in our Blessed with Boundless Energy post, you can read why we recommend these there!

Balance BallBalance pods Balance Boardplasmacar DiskSONY DSC                       Waliki the Jumping BullGonge See Saw

 

DVD Sets

These are great DVD sets to begin collecting when your children are young!  My daughter is 6 and LOVES all of these!

    whats-in-the-bibleLiberty's KidsFriends and Heroes DVDs

 

Want even more gift ideas?  See our complete list of gift recommendations here! See direct links to our specific lists for toddlers, preschoolers and more!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

 

Here’s direct links to the gift idea posts we shared last year featuring my son and daughter’s favorites at age 5 & 8

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds  Gift Ideas for 8 Year Olds