I have noticed that their favorite thing to do together is artwork. They love playing with moldable dough, paints, crayons, markers, and anything else that allows them to be creative. While I love seeing their artistic sides, this can be a bit messy, considering small children often get paint or market on things that aren't meant to be part of the art projects, like the carpet, walls, or furniture.
Recently, I discovered a great new artistic toy called the Magna Color 3D. With the Magna Color, there is no worry about the mess often associated with children's art projects. This may give away my age, but the Magna Color reminds me of a cross between one of my favorite childhood toys, the Lite Brite, and a Magna Doodle. This innovative toy allows kids to create beautiful, 3D pictures using small, colorful metal dots that are housed in color-coded "pens". The unique magic dot pens allow children to place the 3-D dots to color in the stencil design by either creating a single spot or make trails of multiple dots by running the pen across the magnetic screen.
Here are some photos showing how the Magna Color works:
I love the concept of this toy, and I appreciate the fact that everything stays super-organized with very little effort. Since everything is housed right in the product, there aren't any tiny little pieces getting lost. This scores major brownie points for me!
The only thing I noticed that wasn't entirely positive is that the Magna Color 3D can be a little tricky to set up. Occasionally the dots don't want to feed properly into the pens, which requires manually inserting them which can be time consuming. (Think of coins that don't go into coin wrappers straight.) This being said, obviously younger kids will have a hard time remedying this issue should it arise, and it may become frustrating for them. Adult assistance may at some point be required.
Overall, though, I think the Magna Color 3D is an awesome gift idea! It's easy to create beautiful pictures with, and I appreciate the fact that it's virtually mess-free. This would best be suited to kids 4 or 5+, but can be used by younger toddlers with close adult supervision.
HOW TO CONNECT :
Check out Magna Color 3D on their website.
You can purchase Magna Color 3D online at Amazon.com You can also purchase this product at Toys R Us, Wal Mart, Walgreens
You can also connect with Magna Color on Facebook!
Note for previous customers:
A small quantity of product shipped this past summer included malfunctioning pens. As a company dedicated to high quality product, Tech 4 Kids, the manufacturers of Magna Color, would like anyone with malfunctioning pens to contact them at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a set of free replacement pens and dots.
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample for my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***