Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 4 year-old ++
Who would love this: Parents who are looking a fun way to help young kids to understand rules of magnetism
We love magnetic toys and always find ourselves attracted to them (no pun intended) 😆. If you are looking for an educational game that demonstrates magnetic rules in an engaging way, then you should check out this Magnetic Match Rings from Popular Playthings that we discovered in our local toy library (which you can also purchase from The Kid Cave if you would love to keep one at home!).
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Learn About Magnet Through Play - I have seen many toys that use magnetic attraction as the key principle to connect and build, but I have not tested many that explore how magnetic repulsion works. This game demonstrates the marvel of magnetism in a visually fun way! The set includes 40 challenge cards, 10 magnetic rings (3 blue, 3 red, 2 yellow, 2 green), and a magnetic stand. The objective is to arrange the coloured rings in the sequence and pattern, matching the illustrations on the challenge cards. The twist is: some of the rings connect and stacked on top of each other. Some, however, have gaps between them, with the upper ring “floating” in the middle of the stick (in a seemingly anti-gravity way). The “secret”, of course, is the magnet hidden within the rings. Each magnetic ring has a positive and negative sides. Rings that attract (positive to negative) will snap together. Rings that repel (i.e two of the same sides) will ”float” and create a space in between them. I love how kids get to learn about the “invisible” magnetic rules in a visibly clear manner through games.
(2) Simple To Learn - The challenges are perfect for young little kids - they are simple to learn, easy to handle, gender neutral, and makes sense to even my young three-year-old! This is a nice teaching tool and basic science experiment that doesn’t feel intimidating. There are not many games that I can get my 2 kids (3 and 6 year-old) to work collaboratively together; this game is a rare one that targets the right age group.
(3) Light & Compact - I love that this game is light, compact, and easily portable. The stacking stick can be removed from the base. I also love the thoughtful base design with a slot to display the selected challenge card for ease of comparison.
Where to buy this:
The Kid Cave (Australia)
Leisure Learning (Australia)
Enjoy the video!