As a mom, I am always excited to find new toys that really reshape the way kids play. There are too many toys out there that are simply a remake of an already popular product My kids end up with the exact same toys over and over and while they may have a new name, they don’t end up offering anything new or exciting that the previous product didn’t already do. Building blocks and stacking logs offer creativity at its best.. but I love finding that “different” item. Lately, magnetic building sets has been where it is at. My boys LOVE creating with magnetic pieces. We have multiple sets by multiple companies. They’re pretty awesome, but again wearing thin on differences. Until now. Build & Imagine was awesome enough to offer us a chance to review their creative line of magnetic construction sets tat truly DO have a unique twist to the simple building sets we already own!
Build & Imagine focuses on more than simply building. They work to encourage creativity and fine motor skills while also engaging in other intellectual learning as well. These kits take the already important ‘STEM’ learning approach and add an artistic twist. Even better, these products are actually geared towards bringing girls into this engineering world! With play sets including the Marine Rescue Center above, Day at the beach, and Malia’s Beach House there is something for everyone. Each set comes with multiple magnetic walls, a character doll, and many small magnets that fit the theme of the building set.
The ‘dolls’ are not dolls in the typical sense of the word. More of an immobile action character that is perfect for little girls and boys alike. These characters can be dressed according to the job or event they are participating in. This enables you and your child to discuss the types of clothing you’d wear in jobs, safety items you may wear at the beach and more. So a true learning experience from the beginning.
Outside of the characters, you have a magnificent construction set that sets a scene while still enabling creativity at the child’s desired level. Each “wall” of the set has beautifully designed images to depict a piece of a story waiting to be told. In our particular set, the Marine Rescue Center, the walls have many rooms found in a wildlife rehabilitation center. There are chances to feed baby seals, care for injured dolphins, ride the waves on a jet ski… There is even a working door on one of the walls!
Each wall piece can be connected to the other in multiple ways to form rooms, towers, boats. Your little one gets to set their own limits. Once built, they can use the man magnetic pieces to act out their own stories, save their little ocean friends, and feel like they took on the world, one magnet at a time! Each magnet can stick to the doll or the walls of the construction set for added fun.
Needless to say, we absolutely loved this set! It is perfect for my boys to play together as well as for my little one to play with any of his friends! I haven’t seen anything like this before that melds the good fun of magnets, doll houses, and building sets all in one and it truly is reinventing play time around here. Check out Build & Imagine for yourself on Facebook and Twitter and watch the fun on their youtube page. I know you will want to pick up one of these sets for yourself!