Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 1 year-old ++
SmartMax Build XXL 70-piece Magnetic Construction Kit by SmartMax. If I were only allowed to choose one toy for my one-year-old, I probably would just grab a box of this colourful magnetic set for the baby. And yes, it is THAT awesome, and the toy is well-loved by both my 20 month-old and 4 year-old.
Why I love ❤️ this set:
(1) Magnetic Building Set for One-Year-Old- there are not many magnetic embedded toys around in the market that are specifically designed for young baby from one-year-old onwards. Smart Max is a lovingly crafted construction set for little hands: each of the magnetic bars and metal balls are oversized, sturdy, chunky, colourful, and with high quality magnets. Any small kids can easily inter-connect the pieces and get any structures built up with ease.
(2) Clever Lid & Bars Design- the lid is designed to be used as a base for construction. There are grids on it that can be used to lay down the metal bars and balls as foundation for the building. The metal bars have two different lengths to encourage more interesting structure to be built.
(3) Strong Magnet- I am especially impressed by the strong magnetic force of the toy. The pieces can hold up a really tall and complex structure.
The magnetic bars are divided into two categories: the warm colours (like red, orange and yellow) have their south poles directed outwards, and the cold colours bars (like green, blue and purple) have their north poles directed outwards. In other words, the two colour scheme bars can connect to each other, but the same colour group would repel each other. The concept is probably too complicated for young kids, but they can sort of figure this out by way of trial and error.
Many online reviews suggested that the smaller sets of Smart Max couldn’t seem to get any good structure built up. So if any parent wants to invest in this toy, I would suggest that you go straight to a large box like this XXL 70 pieces set to avoid frustration.
Enjoy the fun and colourful video!