- The "girl" is relevant, only because I've had a couple of people doubt whether she'd be into (my suggestion of) Magna-tiles as much as a 4 yr old boy? Didn't cross my mind it'd make any difference, but am I missing something?! Can anyone with experience advise?
- Already has masses of Lego/ K'nex etc. from older siblings.
- Would she like Magna-Tiles, do you think? Are the cheaper versions (Picasso, PlayMags etc) just as good, or is the quality superior and worth the extra ££s?
- Our budget is £40 max: only gets (coloured, transparent, which I prefer) Magna-Tiles set of 32 pieces. Would that number provide enough versatility for regular play? I suppose she can always add expansion kits if needed.
I've heard such great things about them, and thought they'd suit this particular little girl down to the ground, but when others weirdly seemed to imply they were more a boy toy, I was a bit taken aback!!
We're getting them for our 7 yo DD for Xmas. I'm worried she's a bit old but it will add variety to the Lego/k'nex & marble run she usually plays with when she's not building dens, playing football, practising gymnastics or just on the trampoline. No doubt her activities would horrify many of your friends but it's what she enjoys doing so why does it matter. Last year's hit present was the John Adams hot wires circuit set. 4yo DS could do the simple circuits quite easily too.
This is all such useful feedback and handy for me to quote at the naysayers! Thanks, everyone.
100 pieces must give so much scope, Busy...that's why I was a bit concerned as to whether 30ish tiles would be a bit limiting. But not so, according to views here, so I'll definitely go ahead and get her magnet tiles of whichever brand I like best.
Because I feel it crucial to go and have an experimental play myself at our local toy store, in order to make that final decision, right?
Our kids (aged 3-10, both sexes) all love them. They are our most used toy after playmobil. I'm planning on buying them more for Xmas, for bigger constructions! The idea of them being a boys toy is moronic nonsense.
I prefer the look of the magnatiles because their closed shapes are more colourful and striking. We only went for the mag-formers because we read that the open shape makes them easier to handle for younger children.
Before I got them someone told me magna were the best and others didn't stand the test of time. Ours get a lot of hard wear and they still look as good as new. Even if your children don't like them you will love them....very therapeutic!!!
We recently had a small 2nd birthday party for DS2 at our house. DS1 got his Magforners out and all five of the bigger children (aged 4.6-8) spent at least half an hour playing with them - and all but one were girls.
DS1 received a set with about 16 tiles (all square and triangle) and two pairs of wheels last christmas. That was plenty to get him going, although he has since received another two sets.
I'd say go for it. I really think it will depend on the child rather than their gender for this one.
They're not my children! Buying for dear friends' kids: their first 'whole family' visit from abroad, hence why I'm not familiar with their current likes/dislikes. Is combined Xmas/bday present, so budget more generous than normal.
(Other than 4 yr old DD apparently "isn't into princessy/ Disney/ glittery stuff, but loves Lego/K'nex", my friend wasn't too helpful with suggestions: "anything you want to get will be loved because it's coming from you". Appreciate friends for thinking that way, but no handy clues for my present-buying!).
I'm sure my friends will find playing with magnetic tiles equally therapeutic, though.
Good tip re waiting for Black Friday bargains. Had forgotten them re toys.
Thanks again all...you've been incredibly helpful.