***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Like most parents of preschool-aged kids, I find it challenging at times to keep my littles engaged. After all, small people don't always have the biggest attention spans, and they tend to get bored easily. In my home, this usually doesn't end well and Sophie and Xander end up fighting. Though they're the best of friends, they certainly do bicker and fight a lot. Gotta love having kids a mere 12 months apart!
One way I cope with potential mini-WWE matches is by offering my kids toys and activities that stimulate their minds as well as their imaginations. I am a huge believer in creative play, and if it has educational value? Even better!
One great place to find these types of products is Imagine Play Toys. This is a great online retailer that offers a diverse variety of products from sought-after brands like Guidecraft and Anatex. These products are durable, educational, and sure to delight your children. I especially love their bead maze type products like the one seen below. That's right...Those God-sends that keep kids entertained in Doctor's office waiting rooms can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home!
About Imagine Play Toys :
Barbara Hull, owner of Imagine Play Toys, began her business with the desire to offer quality products at affordable prices and to assist and support those of you who care for, love or work with preschool kids. You can shop with confidence knowing that the products have been chosen with great care with your children's developmental needs in mind. Imagine Play Toys have compiled a group of products that is both unique and diverse. These products are suitable for preschools and classrooms, waiting rooms, and even in-home play. As you browse through the items on their website, their hope is that you will find something you like and keep coming back for new items at great prices.
Our Guidecraft PowerClix Review :
The awesome folks at Imagine Play Toys sent us one of their best-selling toys to check out for ourselves. These PowerClix are made by one of my favorite companies, Guidecraft. Yes, THAT Guidecraft! While they're often associated with wooden dramatic play furniture like the Dress Up Storage Center I featured in November, they also manufacture some great hands-on toys!
Guidecraft PowerClix are actually pretty awesome, in my humble opinion. These are magnetic building sets that allow kids to not only build various geometric shapes and "buildings", it also teaches kids about science and the laws of attraction. These sets are ideal for in home use, but they'd also be a fantastic addition to any daycare or preschool. PowerClix sets come in different sizes, too!
First things first: I know that kids' magnetic toys have been getting a lot of media attention lately. So naturally, you might be worried about any sort of hazards involved. Let me assure you, Guidecraft PowerClix are very well made and the magnets themselves are not accessible to curious little hands. I even caught my pupple, Trouble, trying to chew one and she did not break the piece and none of the magnets were exposed. (Yes, I really do have a dog named Trouble. She is a spunky Yorkie, and she lives up to her name!)
We received the 18 piece PowerClix set. As you can see, there are various shapes and all of the pieces have fun, vibrant colors. My kids had a great time identifying shapes and telling me which colors they could find. (Yes, in addition to being a building set, these are also a great teaching tool!)
Sophie and Xander were pretty amazed by the fact that these toys are magnetic. They giggled and clapped as the pieces stuck together like magic. One of their favorite things to do with their PowerClix is make a long "chain" with them.
Even my 13 year old Kyle thinks PowerClix are really neat. He built this cute little house using just a few of the 18 pieces! And I think he earned the "Cool Big Brother Award" in the process. Sophie and Xander were totally in awe of their teenage brother when he built a recognizable structure with these fun, magnetic toys!
Overall, we are definitely loving this product. Sometimes simple is better than flashing lights and electronic sounds. Guidecraft PowerClix allow kids to create and explore using a bit of science and a lot of imagination.
I would definitely recommend checking out the other great educational products at Imagine Play Toys. Whether it's dramatic play, puzzle play, or even the perfect table to have a tea party at, this online specialty boutique has all of your needs covered.
How to Connect :
You can check out the awesomeness that is ImaginePlayToys.com on their website.
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Enter to WIN :
I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will their very own 18 Piece Guidecraft PowerClix Building Set from the awesome folks at Imagine Play Toys!
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