Magnetic toys for kids
Safe and educational magnetic toys for kids
Magnetic toys are a great way to engage children in creative play and allow them to experience a little of the magic of science at the same time. Magnets are fascinating no matter how old you are.
Magnetic building blocks allow even young children to create epic constructions, and there are plenty of other magnetic toys and games from drawing boards to creative puzzles and fishing games to entertain children of all ages.
Magnets can be dangerous if swallowed so it’s important not to give small magnets to younger children. But so long as you bear this in mind magnetic toys offer wonderful opportunities for improving hand-eye coordination and dexterity, practising fine motor skills, and problem-solving.
Why are magnetic toys so great for kids
Children learn through play, through feeling and observing the world around them and through the interactions they have with people and nature, so as parents we spend a lot of time trying to find the best toys for our children that will help with their development and be fun to play with.
Playing with magnetic toys requires critical thinking at the same time as developing key motor skills.
Magnetic blocks offer all these benefits and more as children can build more elaborate structures and discover the science behind magnets as they get older.
Magnetic toys are great for fidgeting with and can really help to improve concentration as even young children are fascinated by the fact that sometimes they pull together and sometimes they pull apart.
There’s also plenty of ‘magic’ to be had when it comes to magnets. They seem to move by themselves repelling each other or flipping round to attach together. Discovering what they will stick to and how to use them boosts self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment and a growing understanding of the world around them.
Magnets and STEM
Magnets are great STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) toys as they open children up to all sorts of learning possibilities and experiments in a really fun way.
A simple game or set of magnetic blocks can lead to learning about magnetic polarity, forces of attraction and repulsion, and learning that opposite poles attract. This can lead to talking about how the earth has a magnetic field. And it’s these early explorations into STEM and an interest in learning that make children are more likely to stay interested as they grow.
Playing with magnets requires problem solving and creativity which are crucial in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and their direct experiences of the world they gain through play stimulates curiosity and investigation.
Magnetic toys have so many benefits but there are also potential dangers in playing with magnets. We look more closely at the potential dangers of magnetic toys here.